Regional Economic Recovery Task Force

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force was launched on April 14, 2020. The Regional Economic Recovery Task Force was initiated by the Mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake County and Peachland, as well as the Regional Board Chair and Chief of Westbank First Nation.

The focus of the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force is to:

  • Provide Central Okanagan Communities a forum for identifying economic recovery needs.
  • Position and advocate for anticipated stimulus program funding for the Central Okanagan businesses and their employees.
  • At a political level, communicate Central Okanagan needs with One Voice.
  • Identify available areas for collaborative projects to support economic recovery

The Regional Economic Recovery Task Force receives direct industry input through a series of Economic Recovery Industry Roundtables hosted by the COEDC Advisory Council. Information from the Economic Recovery Industry Roundtables is reported to the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force through the Early Indicator Reports and reports from concluded roundtables are available below.

Small Business

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Aerospace

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Construction & Development

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Manufacturing

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Arts, Culture, & Recreation

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Post Secondary

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Agriculture & Viticulture

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Technology

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In addition to the Industry Roundtable hosted through the COEDC Advisory Council, the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force receives information from the Economic Response Action Team, a staff-led working group of economic development practitioners in the region focused on supporting businesses as they weather the immediate impacts of COVID-19. Members include community economic development officers, all regionals Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade, Accelerate Okanagan, Community Futures, Women’s Enterprise Centre, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and Tourism Kelowna.