The Be Bold-Penticton campaign is being presented by the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce as a grass roots discussion to engage the business community on key topics and gather opinions on how to build a stronger economy and increase prosperity for the region.
In collaboration with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan/Similkameen, the purpose of the initiative is to focus on growing the community, creating jobs and leveraging strengths through a strategic, focused and results driven approach.
"Our goal is to develop positive, forward looking solutions to the issues facing businesses in Penticton," said John Devitt, general manager of the chamber. "Be Bold is intended to be another step forward, building on the work of the community foundation. We are asking business leaders to come to the table and help us develop grassroots solutions that drive our economy forward."
The discussion springboards from the findings of the 2013 Vital Signs Report compiled by the community foundation, which addressed several issues of interest to the business community.
A focal point to the initiative will be a chamber membership forum hosted by the chamber on May 30.
The forum will focus on a number of key areas addressed in the 2013 Vital Signs Report including:
- Creating a strong and vibrant workforce for our communities
- Getting around our region
- An affordable place to live.
The chamber will compile the feedback obtained through the initiative to create a policy framework that will help to create jobs and drive investment.
The free event for Chamber members will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 30.