New network exploring economic recovery strategies for Chilliwack. (Black Press file)

Network of leaders is set to immediately start tackling challenges facing biz in Chilliwack

‘A made-in-Chilliwack economic recovery plan should help benefit our entire community,’ Mayor says

A made-in-Chilliwack network of local businesses is forging ahead to start economic recovery planning to counter the devastating impacts the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network has reps from: the City of Chilliwack, Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO), Community Futures South Fraser, Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, National Research Council – IRAP, Stó:lō Community Futures, and Tourism Chilliwack.

CEPCO, the economic development arm of the City of Chilliwack, put the team together in late March to “create and implement action items” that would help local businesses both during — and after the pandemic.

“The Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network has already been working hard to ensure clear communication takes place between local government, businesses and stakeholder organizations in order to determine what can be done at a local level to immediately address challenges faced by local businesses,” said Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove.

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“Having a made-in-Chilliwack economic recovery plan should help benefit our entire community as we adjust to a new normal this spring and summer.”

While the federal and provincial governments are taking extraordinary steps to help businesses across Canada and B.C., the CERN will take a decidedly local approach, and exploring options to support economic recovery in Chilliwack as soon as possible. First on the list is a plan to tackle immediate challenges faced by local businesses, and look ahead to the post-pandemic recovery stage.

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