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Advanced Manufacturing in the Kootenays

Advanced Manufacturing in the Kootenays

The Discovery Foundations Advanced Manufacturing Project partnered with KAST and Selkirk Innovates to research and develop the Advanced Manufacturing sector in the Kootenays.

Kootenay Advanced Manufacturing Sector Assessment 2023

In 2023, the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology and Selkirk Innovates developed a project exploring advanced manufacturing in the Kootenay Region of BC. Project results were just published in Brandon University’s Journal of Rural and Community Development.

Using a case study of the Kootenays, “Understanding Advanced Manufacturing in Rural Places: A Proposed Spectrum and Assessment Tool” explores the advanced manufacturing sector within rural contexts.

Dive into the findings to discover how this innovative model can serve as a diagnostic and planning tool, revealing place-based opportunities and setting the stage for targeted actions in rural areas. It’s a must-read for anyone involved in economic development, innovation, and technology in rural settings.

This article was co-authored by Jonnah Ronquillo, research intern; Dr. Sarah-Patricia Breen, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development; Dr. Tracey Harvey, faculty researcher; and KAST’s Melanie Fontaine and Kathleen Ayre.

Thank you to the Discovery Foundation, Mitacs, and Community Futures East Kootenays for supporting this research.

Read the full article here: https://journals.brandonu.ca/jrcd/article/view/2413

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Mitacs research intern Jonnah Ronquillo test drives Selkirk College Digital Fabrication students’ end of year projects. April 2023

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This package contains tools for manufacturing business, including an Advanced Manufacturing Self-Assessment, survey and project overview and other resources including funding, grants and other opportunities.

This webinar was presented to regional economic development partners on June 13, 2023. The following recording and presentation slides are available.

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