To the editor:
What is the role of a chamber of commerce?
The main function of a chamber of commerce is to promote interest and advocate in local business possibilities on behalf of its members.
To be clear, the chamber is not a political point of view but rather one of local business promotion. Supporting a development proposal from the chamber’s point of view must promote local business.
The Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce supports projects such as the Mission Hill Family Estate Winery (Mission Hill) development for many such reasons.
This project promises to stimulate our local economy abd businesses in several ways, and, the chamber recognizes the economic stimulus for local business and the community.
This eight-year Mission Hill master-plan project will employ local trades people for construction and design, as well as use material from our community. The project will employ 150 full-time staff and 70 seasonal staff. Conferences during the off-season will potentially expand business opportunities here.
The chamber believes this project will be an economic generator for existing, as well as new businesses. This development will bring new jobs, new residents, and new investment. Mission Hill will use Westside and West Kelowna businesses up to an estimated $4.5 million annually.
How can this be a negative for our community from a business perspective?
West Kelowna will generate approximately $1.6 million in annual taxes, as well as spin-off tax revenues from related businesses.
From a business standpoint, this looks to be the perfect development for our community. How soon can we start?
president on behalf of the board of Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce