A SENSE OF BUSINESS
SO EXACTLY WHAT DOES CEPCO DO?
CHERYL BRITTON, MANAGER OF ADMINISTRATION, CEPCO—WEB IMAGE
usiness attraction is a big part of what we do, projects such as attracting the Molson Coors Brewery for example. We are also very involved with supporting local businesses through retention and expansion efforts. Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation (CEPCO) has been, and continues to be the lead partner in the development of Canada Education Park, the home of the UFV Chilliwack campus, the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre, and the western training college for the CBSA.
We also work closely with the City on downtown revitalization, and were very involved in the RFP process for the downtown properties that has led us to partner with the Algra Bros. on the project that is currently underway at Five Corners. Through our various committees such as the Chilliwack Innovation Network, the Creative Commission, and Chilliwack Agricultural Commission CEPCO supports important and emerging sectors of our local economy.
Many of our efforts are
about creating jobs and increased business tax revenue in the community, but
that is not our only focus. CEPCO has a close connection to the Chilliwack
School District, and we have worked with them on finding new property locations
for school investments to meet the needs of our growing student enrolment. Our
partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice also works to
attract more doctors to Chilliwack to address the urgent shortage of doctors in
Marketing the community to attract both business investment and workforce is an important priority for CEPCO. We recently launched two new web sites to provide information for businesses and potential workforce looking at Chilliwack. These sites at businessinchilliwack.com and lifeinchilliwack.com build upon the marketing tag line ‘Better for Business, Better for Life’.
On the financial
front, each year our financials are professionally audited by KPMG and then
incorporated into the City of Chilliwack consolidated statements. They are
available for your review in the Annual Report of the City, and that can be
found on the City’s website .
I think worth mentioning is that many of the projects we work on involve sensitive business transactions and plans, and in economic development businesses expect client confidentiality.