McQUARRIE – Resource town mindset has Kamloops unprepared for future

IT’S DIFFICULT writing a column when you have to begin with these three words, “I was wrong”.  But I was wrong, at least in my assumptions and let me explain.

I have often spoken about economic development and in most instances intentionally not mentioned the three leading agencies in Kamloops: Venture Kamloops, Kamloops Innovation and Community Futures.  By intentionally, I mean I didn’t think they were contributing much in the way of direct efforts, so why bother including them in the discussion.  But I was wrong and not in a small way, at least as far as two of them go.

In researching this particular column, I reached out to all three agencies and asked for specifics on their efforts to attract, encourage or expand business growth in the City.  I didn’t want to hear about studies or reports they had done but instead I asked for some real numbers and in all honesty, I didn’t expect to hear much.


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

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