The New Year is traditionally a time to plan and look forward and life in Chamberland is no different. Economic Development and expanding the commercial base has been a cornerstone of the Parkville & District Chamber of Commerce’s Strategic Plan for the past several years. With our partners:
• The City of Parksville
• The Town of Qualicum Beach
• The Regional District of Nanaimo
• The PQB Tourism Association
• The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce
• School District 69
• Vancouver Island University
• The Parksville Downtown Business Assoc.
• The Qualicum First Nation
• The Nanoose First Nation
we have undertaken several projects to take advantage of the economic opportunities that flourish across the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Region and we are embarking on the next phase; the development of a long term strategic plan for economic development in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Region. We are fortunate to be in receipt of funding from the City of Parksville via the BC Small Business Roundtable for being named as a business friendly community and Island Coastal Economic Trust to fund this project which will provide the themes and direction for economic growth in the region.
Current growth and expansion is ongoing with a number of projects underway. Nearing completion is the new Save-On-Foods at Wembley Mall. They expect to be in their new store by mid February. Also under renovation is the old X-ray Clinic on the Island Highway at the corner of Finholm. This building is being renovated to house Dominion Securities, Ballard Construction and McDonald Realty.
Still in the planning stages is Radcliffe Development’s project at the old Post & Lantern and the new Quality Food Store at the Alberni Highway and Despard.
With all of the inquiries we have received at the Chamber office from people looking to do business in the region, I am looking forward to a prosperous 2015 and we look forward to reporting on business successes as they happen and thank Business VI for the opportunity to share what is happening in our community.