If you need statistical information about the communities along the Slocan Valley and the Kootenay region, you can use the following sites:
The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute is a regional research centre at Selkirk College in Castlegar. The website has many reports of use to businesses – on employment projections, demographics, agriculture, housing, business succession, labour force, manufacturing and technology, tourism, economic sustainability, data about communities, and more.
The official government website about trade and investment in the province has information about B.C. communities and economy, business opportunities by sector, government assistance for investors and businesses, trade missions, and information for visitors and new residents.
The Canadian Rural Research Network facilitates the sharing of research among a broad spectrum of rural stakeholders from academia, the public, and private sectors. Subjects include agriculture, business, economy, technology, tourism, etc.