This week the City of Penticton launched its Economic Recovery Task Force, created by the Economic Development Department. The full press release can be read here;  the nut and bolts of this task force is to  investigate measures the City can take to support local residents, businesses and workers during these challenging times.

This group of community leaders has been asked to help develop a plan for relief and recovery once the COVID-19 crisis allows us all to begin rebuilding our businesses. As part of this process, local businesses will soon be asked to complete a survey to give the Task Force a better understanding of the situation and of what support may be required.

As well, the city launched a new email alert service so everyone can subscribe by email to receive messages for alerts, events, meetings, and news. Anyone can sign up. And a the current tool kit of resources has been enhanced to include resources to connect residents in need with help within the community. This includes information involving local shopping and delivery services, volunteer organizations and mental health hotlines.  Explore the tool kit here, and scroll down to the Where to Get Help in the Community and How You Can Help sections.

For businesses, there is much information to help with business building, including a section on emergency preparedness. Accelerate Okanagan has a handy list of info on government support programs and incentives, and if your business can help support the supply chain, the Government of British Columbia has created a COVID-19 Supplier Hub, and has much helpful economic development information

The individuals making up Penticton’s new Economic Recovery Task Force are:

  • Blake Laven, Director Development Services, City of Penticton
  • Ken Kunka, Deputy Director Development Services, City of Penticton
  • Andrew Kemp, Economic Development Specialist, City of Penticton
  • Thom Tischik, Executive Director, Travel Penticton
  • Larry Olson, Regional Manager Rural Development, Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development  
  • Charles Cornell, General Manager, Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen 
  • Lee Agur, Co-Owner, Bad Tattoo Brewery 
  • Judy Richards, General Manager, Cherry Lane Shopping Centre
  • Mark Melissen, President, Wildstone 
  • Frank Conci, President, Penticton Industrial Development Association 
  • Diane Kereluk, Executive Director, Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Jonathan Baynes, CEO, K’ul Management  
  • Lynn Allin, Executive Director, Downtown Penticton Association 
  • John Skinner, Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery 


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