McQUARRIE – Is economic decline the product of slow and steady leadership?

Kamloops had a chance to get a branch of the DigiPen Institute of Technology, but didn’t take it.

I SOMETIMES wonder if I’d have anything to write about on our local economy were it not for Ajax.

What if 15 or so years ago, the City had set course on a different path?  A path that recognized we needed to begin preparing for a new future or be left behind to become a mostly abandoned resource town that people pass through on their way to somewhere else.

Last week I wrote about fixed attitudes and preconceived notions about economic development along with an unwillingness to face changing realities. At coffee shops or online, I hear people proudly and rightfully so, talk of our past successes and how natural resources were the economic backbone of our City.

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Bill McQuarrie is a Kamloops entrepreneur. He can be contacted at He tweets @bafflegabbed.

1 Comment on McQUARRIE – Is economic decline the product of slow and steady leadership?

  1. Pierre Filisetti // August 8, 2017 at 6:23 PM // Reply

    All great ideas Bill. Never heard the story of DigiPen before but I believe you to be true. And off course I am asking for Milobar’s and a few others’ heads at this point. Just a couple of years ago as Molson Brewery moved out of Vancouver…did anyone from Venture Kamloops pitch the idea to them to move to always sunny Kamloops? Or are they scared? Scared of having to justify to some savy people their utter mediocrity?
    And it is so true that slow and steady, in this day and age especially, is a recepy for decline into irrelevance. True for the private business and also true for this otherwise fantastic region.
    The problem is we keep on electing people only concerned with re-election and being invited to parties with the “in” crowd…the hired help (staff) is happy with that because no one questions their bad choices and money-wasting management.
    I have a pitch fork at the ready but I can’t do it alone!

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