Located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Gimli is a commercial fishing centre in Manitoba. Heavy reliance on the fishery combined with limited economic diversity meant the community faced cyclical employment and a declining population.
By the mid 80's numerous studies showed tourism was the best strategy for sustainable development. In 1988 with federal assistance, Community Futures East Interlake assembled land for a prime lakefront property, facilitating construction of a mid-sized hotel. With a tourism anchor in place NEICOM CFDC along with community leaders have been able to:
- Complete a major streetscaping project
- Attract new businesses
- Increase marketing to tourists
- Host international special events
- Embark on a large scale harbour redevelopment
The success of Gimli has prompted increased tourism development in neighboring communities. Community Futures East Interlake continues to assist in tourism development and economic development in and around Gimli.