Monday, August 11, 2014
Kemp Joins Planning Team
Walas looks to community for input on downtown use
Released by CEPCO, Barb Kemp BIA website image
he City of Chilliwack and the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) recently retained the professional expertise of Walas Concepts Inc. to assist with ongoing efforts to redevelop downtown Chilliwack.
The team behind Walas Concepts Inc. is equipped with international knowledge and experience in community development, value creation, enhancing a creative economy, business administration and management coaching. Their newest addition to the team is Barb Kemp, a native Chilliwack resident, who has a strong passion for activating the downtown core to foster evolution and vibrancy.
Barb’s boundless experience ranges from being a retailer in the downtown for 30 years, past President of the Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, and working with organizations such as CEPCO, the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Chilliwack. With such extensive knowledge of the local community and enthusiasm for downtown transformation, Barb is a welcome addition to the diverse and dynamic team.
They work by mixing different approaches together in order to provide a supportive, guiding and facilitating role. By building bridges and connections between people, such as innovators, the business community, citizens and various stakeholders, Walas Concepts aims to foster an inter-connected community that is economically sustainable and socially diverse. “We believe that cities are about people and everything Walas Concepts does resonates with the idea that city development should be user-driven”, says Gerben van Straaten, Walas CEO.
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