GICC funded to deliver economic development and tourism for Area B for one more year

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, November 6 2019

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has renewed a contract for one year with the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce (GICC) for delivery of economic development and tourism marketing for Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, Decourcy).

The GICC had asked for a three-year contract.

The one-year contract will mean the GICC will be funded through to the end of fiscal 2020.

Vanessa Craig, RDN Director for Area B, said the decision to fund the GICC for only one year comes as the RDN is currently undertaking a review of economic delivery models for the region, which is influenced by a parallel review currently underway in the City of Nanaimo. 

“The RDN review includes consultation with economic development groups within the region, and the GICC is included in the consultation.”

Julie Sperber, Economic Development Officer for Area B represents the GICC.

Craig said the exact timeline for implementation of a new economic delivery model is unclear, “as is the final format that will be recommended. 

“I made a Motion to enter into an agreement for 1 year to give certainty of funding to the GICC in 2020 so they can continue their work while the review is taking place, and to avoid a potential gap in economic development delivery on the island.”

Under the previous three-year agreement, the RDN paid the GICC a total of $159,925 in annual installments. This had come after the dissolution of the Nanaimo Economic Development Commission and Tourism Nanaimo at the beginning of 2017 - after which the GICC worked with the RDN to ensure promotion of Tourism and Economic Development for Area B would continue.