Economic development in the Comox Valley

Comox Valley taxpayers spent more than $1.2 million for economic development services in 2019 and provincial taxpayers added another $290,000. Courtenay hotels and small bed and breakfast inns added another $321,000. But did taxpayers get a reasonable return on their investment through the Comox Valley Economic Development Society, a nonprofit run at an arms-length from local government? Decafnation spent several months and conducted nearly 30 interviews in an attempt to answer that question. This series of stories is the result of that investigation.