A Kimberley company that was responsible for many of the city’s most visible assets is on the way out.
Kimberley Community Development Society (KCDS) President Karen Cetinski announced in a press release that after 37 years of community service, the business model has run its course.
In its heyday, KCDS was involved in the management and development of Kimberley Vacations, Kimberley Riverside Campground, Sports Training and Conference Center, Bootleg Gap Golf Course, Cominco Gardens and the Ice Building. Cream Hut in downtown.
Most of these assets have now been sold, only Cominco Gardens and the Ice Cream Hut building in the city center remain.
“With no future projects on the horizon with the City, we really don’t really have a mandate to continue,” Cetinski said.
“KCDS was ahead of its time in the 1980s, but now is the time to slow down as the City’s economic development model has changed,” said Mayor Don McCormick. “I want to thank all of the board members and staff who have done such a good job over the years. “
The KCDS was formed in 1984 with the participation of the city’s economic development officer, Larry Haber, who envisioned a coordinated approach between the city government and a non-profit corporation that could seek grants from a larger wide range of sources. Once the projects were completed, the KCDS would manage the assets or help other community groups to do so.
With an experienced administrative and financial department, KCDS has also been able to set up bookkeeping services for other community organizations, many of which operate in city-owned buildings such as the Health Center, the Library Kimberley Public and Center 64.
“One of our most important considerations has been to come up with strategies to continue to support community groups that currently rely on the services of the KCDS administrative department,” said former president Craig Hillman. “We also had to help with the transition of the management of some of the big assets such as the conference center, the campground and Bootleg.
“It’s not easy to count all the assets, process agreements with suppliers, complete the books of accounts and audits and prepare to hand over the keys to new groups. The last two and biggest assets we had to transition during the first waves of the pandemic, which was a big challenge. “
The key question now is what will happen with the largest remaining asset, Cominco Gardens. Cetinski says this will be the last season that the KCDS will manage and operate the garden and that they have passed on recommendations to city council that will provide good options for the operation and staffing of the gardens next year and beyond. of the.
“It’s the city’s trump card that ultimately it is their decision on how to proceed,” she said.
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