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Making Your Business, Our Business

The City of Armstrong B.C.

                                                                                  .........Chris Pieper, Mayor

 

Attributes, Accessibility, Attitude. These hallmarks say in three words why you would consider a business investment in the City of Armstrong.

The City of Armstrong is geographically, economically and socially centered in the heart of the Spallumcheen Valley. With an excellent transportation corridor, a moderate climate and a strong work force, Armstrong is in an ideal position. Excellent education, health and recreational services add to the attributes that make the City an ideal business investment. Located between the major centers of Salmon Arm and Vernon, the small City of 4800 people offers rural living at its best with major urban centers just a short drive away. It is this small town ambiance that influences the City's attitude towards encouraging a strong business presence.

The City recognizes the competitive nature of business and in so doing, has initiated a variety of initiatives to ensure Armstrong businesses stay competitive. Constructing a state of the art liquid waste management system not only assured long-term sewer services, but also allowed us to forge an effective business partnership with our neighboring agricultural industry that irrigate lands with this valuable resource.

Significant upgrades to the city's water system including expanded water reservoirs and wells, assures business secure access to this critical resource. A sound financial business plan has allowed continued infrastructure improvements while maintaining very favorable business taxation rates.

Red tape is the bane of all business and Armstrong has moved forward to reduce the cost of doing business. An archaic business license system with over 40 unwieldy categories has now been reduced to only two categories. Revenue from this simplified system is shared with the local chamber of commerce that continues to actively promote the business community through a variety of strategies and initiatives. Armstrong recently initiated, and now implemented, an inter-community business license system with eighteen neighboring communities. Business' who operate on a regional basis require only one license to do business in any of the nineteen participating North Okanagan Communities.

While somewhat constrained by the agricultural land reserve, the City of Armstrong continues to enjoy a healthy rate of community growth. To ensure that responsible growth is maintained, the City has recently updated its Official Community Plan and has included a new major land use plan. This proactive plan projects continued residential growth opportunities combining infill with new vacant lands. From a business perspective, the City anticipates this growth will not only support the development industry in the first instance but our commercial community in the long-term.

The City of Armstrong business community continues to be anchored by major industry including Colonial Farms (poultry processing) and J P W Road & Bridge (highway maintenance). Commercially, Askews Foods, Home Hardware and Village Cheese have recently expanded and anchor the over 300 small businesses who call Armstrong home.

The City looks to grow its business assessment base with responsible taxation policies, simplified regulations and a "can do" attitude towards new initiatives. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your business investment planning and offer our offices, and our undivided attention as you consider making your business, our business.

Quick Links:

Business Licenses

Chamber of Commerce

Permit to Use City Sidewalk

Commercial Vehicle Decal Information

Various Guides and Publications from the Province including"Starting a Small Business" and "British Columbia Import/Export Guide"