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Economic task group formed

The City of Penticton has created an economic development task force with a dozen organizations in the area, focused on building strategic partnerships.

Members include the Downtown Penticton Association, the Penticton Indian Band, Okanagan College, the Penticton Chamber of Commerce and South Okanagan Similkameen Immigrant Services, among others.

The city said the partnership is "aimed at formalizing how information is shared, priorities are set and common interests are identified when working towards the collective objective of developing Penticton’s economy."

The partnership is in line with goals set earlier this year in Penticton's five-year economic development strategic plan, the city said.

"We are so grateful for the incredible economic impact each of these organizations and their members have in our community and the region," Anthony Haddad, the city's director of developmental services, said in a news release.

One of the partner organizations, Travel Penticton, said the widespread partnership will contribute positively to tourism in the region.

"This new collaboration between the city and key community partners is an important step to foster creative discussion and initiate new ideas for sustainable growth for the tourism sector and overall economic health of the community," Travel Penticton executive director Thom Tischik said. 



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