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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He tweets @bafflegabbed.