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Mayor Lee Pratt

On behalf of our City and Council, I would like to welcome you to Cranbrook. As Mayor, I am proud to represent and promote the City we call home. With a rich history and vibrant culture, Cranbrook is driven by people who care deeply about the growth and success of one another, which in turn drives the progressive development of our community.

In 2015, Cranbrook initiated a renewed focus into the economic development of our City and region. We forged new partnerships with every level of government and strengthened our commitments and cooperation with neighbouring communities. We have invested in the tools and resources we need to achieve our goals and have created an environment that attracts capital.

Cranbrook has experienced record-breaking growth, exemplified by building permit trends of six consecutive years of year over year growth, with $93 million in 2020. It is remarkable. We saw a 445% increase, resulting in $262 million of building permits in those six years!

We are seeing the development of good jobs, new housing, increases to our tax base, and reinvestment into our business infrastructure. What is more, all this is happening in the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, offering its very own slice of paradise, with access to every outdoor activity you could imagine in a world-class setting.

Now is the time to invest in Cranbrook.

– Mayor Lee Pratt

Known as the base camp of the Kootenays, Cranbrook is the largest urban centre and regional focal point in southeastern B.C. We are a business friendly community offering low taxes, competitive costs, a stable, growing business environment, and access to an educated workforce. We are the hub and economic engine for the Kootenays.

We provide support to help your business establish and grow in Cranbrook. We have access to important market research and business intelligence while working actively to facilitate local connections to help support the establishment of your business in the most dynamic and innovative city in the Kootenays.

In addition, local partners and stakeholders in the region recognize the need to remain competitive against other rural cities in B.C. in order to attract business. Your business can benefit from a number of incentives offered by the regional, provincial and federal organizations to help lower your costs and move your business to Cranbrook.