Summerland to change the role of its economic development officer

Summerland will likely have an economic development officer in the future, but the focus of the new position will be different from that of the former role.

  • Jan. 21, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Summerland will likely have an economic development officer in the future, but the focus of the new position will be different from that of the former role.

Mayor Janice Perrino said council will likely meet this week to begin its discussions on the position, but a final decision is not expected until some time in the spring.

She said the new position will focus on different objectives.

“We hope to bring back the position with a new job description to meet goals we have not been able to meet in the past,” she said.

She said the new role will likely work on assisting existing businesses, helping businesses looking to relocate to the community and helping the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism in its efforts to promote Summerland as a good place for businesses, in that order.

The new description will be a change from the way the position had been seen in the past.

Earlier, in the past, the biggest part of the focus had been on promoting Summerland outside of the community and outside of the region.

She added that the new role will also include a stronger communication component.

“We have never had a communication piece for the district, businesses and organizations,” she said.

In November, the economic development officer position was eliminated.

At that time, members of council said the cut was needed as it was an expensive position Summerland could not afford during a difficult economy.

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