We are a non-profit society focused on community-led economic resiliency in the Nakusp and Arrow Lakes region. 

Who We Are

We’ve been serving you since 1989. It’s our mission to enrich people’s lives by actively promoting, pursuing and supporting economic initiatives in our region.

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Community-Led Projects

With your help, we’ve accomplished a lot in the last 34 years. Check out our successfully completed projects and the projects we’re working on now with our community partners.

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Grow Arrow Lakes

This exciting community-driven campaign will build awareness around and support the agricultural sector in our region with a local food guide, online directory and more.

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“The Nakusp and Area Development Board is an invaluable resource to the community of Nakusp. We have developed a strong partnership with them and are excited to collaborate on our upcoming projects. We are grateful for their continued support and commitment to the development of our community.”

-Tina Knooihuizen, President of the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce

How We Can Support You

We conduct research, apply for funding and manage economic development projects.

We conduct strategic planning with local government, business leaders and community groups to determine priorities.

We support organizations to build capacity and pursue projects in their respective sectors.

We facilitate community engagement and collaboration.

We provide advisory services to businesses and community organizations.

We promote and bring awareness to community projects.


A Sustainable Community

The Nakusp and Area Development Board (NADB) is pleased to announce Aidan McLaren-Caux as the new Economic Development…

Workforce Housing Survey

The Nakusp and Area Development Board (NADB) is pleased to announce Aidan McLaren-Caux as the new Economic Development…

Workforce Housing Solutions for Nakusp and Area

The Nakusp and Area Development Board (NADB) is pleased to announce Aidan McLaren-Caux as the new Economic Development…

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“NADB is a valuable community partner which brought a much needed Level 2 charging station into our community to increase traffic from EV drivers that might otherwise by-pass our community. Without their leadership on this initiative, it is unlikely this project would have made it from concept to reality.”

– Wayne Robinson, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Nakusp

Our Community-Led Priorities

We listen closely to the diverse needs of our communities; then facilitate projects and deliver services in response to these needs.

We set strategic priorities each year, in consultation with members, local government advisors, funders, and other economic stakeholders. We also shape projects that align with our strategic priorities and seek funding to implement them.

2023/24 Priorities

Economic Diversification/Workforce Housing

Local Agriculture

Business Advisory

Signage and Wayfinding

What Sets Us Apart

We offer cross-sector engagement and support

We have a broad reach and strong regional connections

Your voice will be heard! We are an inclusive organization in a small community

We have a professional economic development coordinator based in Nakusp

Our History & Successes

June 2020 to present

Secured $385,237 in grant funding to benefit community


Completed signage and wayfinding plan in partnership with the Village of Nakusp.


Developed Grow Arrow Lakes program to promote local agriculture.


Provided one-on-one advisory service and information about resources, to 225+ local businesses and non-profit organizations


Invited to be Rural Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program participant-helping immigrants recruited for employment in the region gain a path to permanent residency and citizenship.


Obtained an EV Charger at marina, in partnership with Village of Nakusp