Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce wants RDN to help fund strategic plan initiatives

File Photo
Latest Oceanside News

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce is hoping to receive $150,000 annually from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) to help fund its five year strategic plan initiatives.

Corry Gervais, the chamber’s economic development coordinator, provided a delegation at the RDN’s July 27 meeting, where she summarized the strategic plan and highlighted recent initiatives.

She said the chamber is focused on business retention, expansion and attraction, supporting the tourism sector and small businesses. 

“All of these priorities focus on the same mission — that of growing our local economy and creating opportunity that will attract young families to the Oceanside region,” she said. 

The chamber launched Rebound Oceanside, a program to assist businesses with economic development during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The lesson learned from Rebound helped us to a deeper understanding of the gaps in the supply chain on Vancouver Island, allowing us to develop our first major project — the Mid Vancouver Island Micro Fulfillment Centre, in which we have received a provincial grant of $620,000 to start,” Gervais said. 

The chamber also received a provincial grant last year to open an office, which acts as a co-working space. It then created a database of businesses in the Oceanside region and developed its strategic plan, according to Gervais.

Director Brian Wiese moved to refer the funding request to the RDN Oceanside Services Committee. His motion was carried unanimously.

Oceanside News Parksville Qualicum Beach
Please help share this story and Oceanside News:


Keep up with the Latest Buzz

Soon we’ll be launching an Oceanside News email edition. 

“Bee” the first to know about it by signing up below:

We value your privacy. Your email address will not be shared with 3rd parties and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Dear readers…

As of April 2022 Oceanside News is no longer actively publishing new content. If you believe in local news and want to explore partnership opportunities, please get in touch.