Using the Cluster Study and data-driven decision making processes, PacMtn identified the top 5 sectors as our major drivers to local economy:

Food Production

Comprised of industries involved in agriculture production and fishing, as well as the transformation of livestock, agricultural products, and other consumable natural resources into products for immediate and final consumption. The cluster contains supply chain components ranging from agribusiness, transportation/distribution, and final consumption (e.g., supermarkets, restaurants, amusement parks).

Wood Product and Paper Manufacturing

The core industries range from logging and sawmills to different types of wood manufacturing. Since logging and saw mills are represented with the core industries, the industrial inputs include the engineering and industrial machinery that go into the core industries. Purchasers and distributors include a wide variety of industries such as hospitals, which require a wide range of wood and paper products, and soft drink manufacturing, which primarily buy specific products like cardboard.

Life Sciences

This clusters core industries are involved in the development and manufacturing of health-care products, such as electro-medical products, as well as specialty and niche medical services, such as laboratories, diagnostic imaging, and kidney dialysis centers. Industries providing administrative and engineering services are represented in the industrial inputs, whereas medical facilities such as dentists play the role of purchasers and distributors.

Chemical Product and Plastics Manufacturing

The core industries are comprised of activities focused on the production of value-add chemicals, such as basic inorganic and organic chemical manufacturing, as well as the production of various plastic products. Inputs to these industries include plastics material and resin products, as well as the research and development behind manufacturing. Purchasers are mostly within other manufacturing and industrial industries.

IT/ Telecommunications

Industries specializing in performing computer programming and data processing related services, including custom services, internet hosting, and other computer-related services, comprise the core industries. This sector is particularly entrepreneurial-focused, given the high number of proprietors and self-employed jobs. The industrial inputs revolve around engineering, administrative, and other service-based industries required by the core industries. The purchasers include a variety of industries, such as hospitals, that use the core industries’ services.

Tourism and Recreation

The tourism and recreation cluster as a whole is the larg­est out of all of the identified targeted industry clusters and is expected to see the most job growth from 2012 to 2018. This is primarily because it includes industries that typically have large employment levels, such as hospitals, hotels, res­taurants, and independent artists. However, the cluster also has one of the lowest wages out of all of the others, and the core industries rank fairly low in terms of the presence of occupations with high wages.