Cumberland considering merger with Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cumberland Chamber of Commerce members decided that merging with the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce might be in their best interests.

Cumberland Chamber of Commerce members decided at last week’s annual general meeting that merging with the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce might be in their best interests.

“We will be pursuing that course over the next few months,” said Evan Loveless, who was replaced Wednesday as Cumberland Chamber president by Bill Ransom. “We think it’s the best future for the Chamber. It makes sense to merge. I look at it as a positive thing to make one strong Chamber for the whole Valley.”

Ransom said the possibility of a merger “means the development of a unified voice that can advocate in all our municipalities and regional areas for policy that supports the development, retention and success of local business.

“Cumberland can be a strong partner in this voice,” he said.

Details of the process are still to be determined.

The reason for the merger is largely because local government money and Tourism BC funds have been redirected to the Comox Valley Economic Development Society for the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre. Remaining Chamber revenue from membership dues and events do not support a paid administrator and office space.

There are also no funds to stock tourism materials, answer phone and email inquiries, and provide face-to-face service.

However, Loveless said there is still a strong desire to look at economic development in Cumberland “on its own merits and initiative. How the Chamber engages with Cumberland will be an ongoing conversation,” he said.

The Chamber intends to continue with events such as Market Days and with the cumberlandbc.org website, which Loveless notes is an effective tool for attracting people to the village.

The Cumberland Chamber consists of about 40 active members.

The Comox Valley Chamber’s AGM is Thursday.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Just Posted

Courtenay petition to decriminalize all drugs continues to collect signatures

A Courtenay couple is collecting signatures for their petition to decriminalize drugs in Canada

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

Comox residents question redevelopment at emotionally-charged meeting

About 40 people filled the d’Esterre House in response to a community consultation meeting.

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could say the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

City of Port Alberni cancels tourist train operations for 2019

Steam train to McLean Mill is out of commission for repairs; city wants to re-examine rail costs

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Courtenay receives second application for cannabis shop

Just one resident spoke at a Tuesday public hearing in Courtenay council… Continue reading

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

Most Read