LEAP Forum

The Cortes Island’s Local Economic Action Plan (LEAP) is an initiative by the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA). The LEAP goal is to foster community economic development through community engagement and planning. The LEAP Forum Feb 24th at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building shared results from the Cortes economic survey and the Official Community Plan’s strategic vision, and it proceeded to gather further input from forum participants towards building an island Economic Action Plan.
Despite a heavy snowfall the evening prior and a tree down on one of the access roads, Cortes Islanders showed fortitude and did turn out through out the day. Stories from other successful communities were shared, survey results were reviewed and participants mapped out an island SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats). Reviewing what had already been learned, people discussed economic potentials and listed ideas on what steps are needed to go forward.

Cortes Island Local Economic Action Plan Survey Results can be found here:
More information about LEAP can be found here: