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Aug
22

Crowdfunding Platform to Assist Fire Ravaged Communities

August 22, 2017
Local Crowdfunding Platform to Assist Fire Ravaged Communities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 22 August 2017 Vanderhoof, BC. – As devastating wildfires continue to tear across the province of British Columbia many small and medium sized businesses, as well as nonprofit organizations are seeking solutions to make rebuilding easier. Local crowdfunding platform, InvestLocalBC feels it can assist in some small way. “Sourcing funds to assist with the recovery from the wildfires is an excellent example of what the InvestLocalBC platform was created to accomplish.” said Graham Stanley, the Manager of Community Futures Stuart Nechako which created the platform. “Local solutions to local problems.” With so many rural communities being impacted by the wildfires, this local perspective has taken on a whole new significance. “Right now we are just seeing the emergency portion of this disaster,” said Stanley, “the rebuilding of our communities will be going on for years to come. With this in mind and with our mandate to assist local communities InvestLocalBC waiving the service fees for any campaign involved in the rebuilding from these horrific fires.” InvestLocalBC operates under a “fixed funding” model. Fixed funding assumes administrative fees of a 5% commission. This commission will be waived for all vetted projects and campaigns, removing at least one financial barrier to reconstruction. To further the cause InvestLocalBC has partnered with Fundrazr a crowdfunding pioneer in BC to “increase our reach on the nonprofit side and FundRazr has an extremely large audience,” stated Stanley. Anyone looking at a wildfire recovery or community redevelopment campaign can visit the website at www.investlocalbc.ca or contact local manager Tom Bulmer with any questions or concerns. Call 1-800-266-0611 or email admin@investlocalbc.ca. InvestLocalBC allows for local funding solutions to local funding problems. Buy Local. Make Local. Invest Local. About Community Futures Stuart Nechako: http://www.cf-sn.ca/ Media Contact: Graham Stanley info@cf-sn.ca. 250-567-5219 About InvestLocalBC.ca: https://www.investlocalbc.ca/ Media Contact: Tom Bulmer admin@investlocalbc.ca 250-567-5219

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Aug
22

Lillooet Economic Development Disaster Response: Emergency Hotline

August 22, 2017
Economic Development Local Disaster Response: Emergency Hotline Community Futures has heard from some of the businesses in Lillooet that they believe that they have been impacted by the Wildfires, due to road closures etc. They are working with BCEDA and Province trying to have Lillooet included so they can apply for support. IF they are going to negotiate on your behalf, you need to phone the hotline and demonstrate the challenges you have been facing. To date they have had little response from the community of Lillooet. Please take the 10-15 minutes to call the hotline (attached). Without this data we cannot encourage the support that is needed in Lillooet. Thank you ! Debra Arnott General Manager 250.453.9165 /1.800.567.9911 www.cfsun.ca Community Futures is BC’s most important small business development organization. Community Futures has a wide variety of services and tools available to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals, including business support, business planning and financing.

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Aug
22

Province commits up to $200,000 to wildfire-affected Cariboo Chilcotin tourism industry

August 22, 2017
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Amy Thacker Title: CEO Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association Phone: 250-392-2226 Email address: amy@landwithoutlimits.com Province commits up to $200,000 to wildfire-affected Cariboo Chilcotin tourism industry The Province is providing the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (CCCTA) with financial support of up to $200,000 to help with tourism-related impacts from the B.C. wildfires, announced Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lisa Beare, while meeting with business owners and tourism operators in the Cariboo region today.   The government and the CCCTA will work closely together to ensure the funding targets the tourism recovery needs identified in the region. The Province is currently assessing the needs of those affected by the wildfires in order to support them in the best way possible in the days and weeks ahead.   Destination BC, the industry-led Crown corporation that markets British Columbia globally as a tourism destination, is developing a provincial wildfire tourism recovery plan that will also support the tourism industry by working in close collaboration with the regional destination marketing organizations. The campaign has helped  keep travellers informed on the areas in B.C. that are currently affected by evacuation alerts or orders, while ensuring tourists know that B.C. remains open for business in many parts of the province that are not affected by fires.   Tourism is a major economic driver in B.C., employing 127,000 people within the province, supporting nearly 19,000 tourism-related businesses and contributing $7.4 billion toward the province's gross domestic product.   Quotes: Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture - "The wildfire season has been devastating to British Columbians throughout the province. The tourism industry within the Cariboo Chilcotin is no exception. Many tourism businesses in the region are losing income and, in some cases, losing property due to the wildfires during the peak revenue-generating summer season. The funding that our government has committed to the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association will support the ongoing recovery of the industry in the region and will hopefully mitigate the economic impacts to the rural communities in this beautiful part of our province."   Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology - "Small businesses, including many from the tourism sector, have been impacted by this year's historic wildfire season in B.C., which is why the Province is providing support to help them during this challenging time. Today's funding, coupled with the emergency small business funding announced earlier in the week, is an important step toward assisting the people and business owners living in the Cariboo Chilcotin region."   Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination BC - "Tourism businesses in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region normally host travellers from around the world, sharing our vast wilderness and extraordinary experiences with global explorers. These industrious businesses, most of which survive based on the peak summer season, have been hit hard by wildfires and need support to welcome the world back once the fires are contained."   Andre Kuerbis, board chair, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association - "The tourism industry is a key economic driver for the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. We look forward to working together with the provincial government and Destination BC as we continue to develop and grow our industry's potential. Today's commitment is a first step on our long-term recovery plan for the tourism sector."   Quick Facts: Over 95% of tourism businesses in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast are small businesses. The region includes iconic natural destinations, such as the Great Bear Rainforest and heritage destinations, such as Barkerville Historic Town and Park. In 2015, the tourism sector paid $4.5 billion in wages and salaries within B.C. Learn More:   Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association:  www.landwithoutlimits.com/   Keep up-to-date on the provincial wildfire situation, including information on evacuation alerts and orders: www.bcwildfire.ca   For information on small business emergency preparedness: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/small-business-preparedness   Funding for small businesses impacted by wildfires news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0231-001440   About CCCTA Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association is an industry-led not-for-profit Destination Management Organization that works collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and promote a responsible tourism industry in the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Central Coast of British Columbia. For more information about the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism region, please visit: www.landwithoutlimits.com

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Aug
22

Red Cross announces assistance for small businesses due to wildfire losses.

August 22, 2017
Red Cross announces assistance for small businesses due to wildfire losses. Lillooet Businesses and Not for Profits are encouraged to apply. Support to Small Businesses, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods Affected by BC Wildfires he Canadian Red Cross will be providing emergency assistance of $1,500 to each eligible small business, not-for-profit organization or cultural livelihood directly impacted by the British Columbia Fires through an application and validation process. This funding is made possible through a contribution from the government of British Columbia. Who can apply? To receive funding, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation people who support their community and its members through cultural livelihoods must meet the following basic requirements. Additional information will be required during the application process.   Types of businesses, organizations and First Nations individuals: Sole Proprietors Partnerships Corporations Franchises Not-for-profit organizations (Organization descriptions) First Nations businesses First Nations members whose main income support comes from carrying out a cultural livelihood (Cultural livelihood definitions) In addition, applicants must: Have 50 employees or less (does not apply to not-for-profit organizations) Be located in a community that was (or is) under an evacuation order or evacuation alert as a result of the 2017 British Columbia Fires, including First Nations businesses or traditional cultural livelihoods located on-reserve.   Eligibility has also been extended to areas directly impacted by closures along: Highway 20; Highway 97, south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts; Highway 26 to Barkerville; and, eastern Cariboo Regional District communities of Horsefly and Likely. NOTE:  Given the event is ongoing, please check back for additional eligible communities. The Province continues to review areas directly and significantly impacted by closures and will make adjustments to the eligibility as required but does not want to delay support to these affected communities while that review is undertaken. Have been in operation on or before July 7, 2017 Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2017 BC Fires Have a net income of less than $250,000 (calculated as revenue less expenses) Have the business or livelihood be their primary source of income (does not apply for not-for-profit organizations) Have resumed or are intending to resume operations How to Apply: To apply for this assistance please go to www.redcross.ca/bcfires/smallbusiness and complete the application form.  You can also call 1-855-999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday.     Deadline to apply: Applications will be accepted between August 14, 2017 and October 31, 2017.

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Aug
01

Economic Development Recovery Program Hotline

August 01, 2017
BCEDA – Economic Development Recovery Program Hotline 1-877-4BC-EDRP (1-877-422-3377) Business owners impacted by the wildfires are encouraged to call the hotline. Business owners will be asked questions over the hotline that will help to distinguish the business’ and community’s short and long-term needs. Please share the Hotline information.

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Apr
27

CN EcoConnexions - From the Ground Up Program Funding Announcement

April 27, 2016
PRESS RELEASE CN EcoConnexions - From the Ground Up program LILLOOET, April 25, 2016 CN announced the successful candidates for its 2016 From the Ground Up community tree-planting program. The District of Lillooet was one of thirty one communities in Canada that were selected amongst the 92 applications to receive grants of up to $25,000 each in this fifth year of the program. The objective of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program is to promote community sustainability, through the greening of municipal and community properties across Canada. CN and its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom help Canadian municipalities and community groups establish tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. The program aims to enhance environmental and social health of communities. "CN is committed to making a positive impact on the communities along our network, and we are proud to be part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play," said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN. "Since we started this program, more than 50,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in 120 communities across Canada, which not only add beauty, but is another way we positively contribute to a sustainable future one community at a time, as planting trees improve air quality and offset carbon emissions." Successful candidates were chosen on the basis of rigorous selection criteria developed and overseen by CN's program partners, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. The program partners rated each application on those criteria and presented a ranked list of programs from which final candidates were selected. Communities in Bloom and Tree Canada will provide guidance in the development of the chosen projects. "Tree Canada is thrilled to continue to work with CN and Communities in Bloom bringing CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up to deserving communities across Canada," says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "This program not only provides funding, but much needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and wellbeing as well as the environment. I have personally witnessed the impact this program has had and can honestly say that CN has created a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations." "Communities in Bloom is proud to partner with CN and Tree Canada in delivering the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program. The enhancement of green spaces and tree planting provide economic, social and environmental stewardship benefits to the communities for generations to come" said Raymond Carriere, Founding President of Communities in Bloom. "The projects are a demonstration of civic pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment through community engagement." “The announcement that Lillooet will receive $25,000.00 from CN EcoConnexions program is the icing on the cake, ensuring the completion of the Gateway Revitalization Project in 2016” says District of Lillooet, Mayor Marg Lampman. “The Lillooet Regional Tourism Committee is to be commended for planning and implementing tourism projects that will create a more welcoming atmosphere, encouraging visitors to stop and explore our community.” Although the District of Lillooet applied for this funding, it is the volunteers from the Regional Tourism Advisory Group who are the driving force behind the Gateway Revitalization Project. This grassroots group has representation from the St’at’imc, regional tourism stakeholders, non-profit organizations, and many dedicated volunteers who are passionate about beautifying the community for not only visitors but to foster civic pride. The Gateway Revitalization Project has the support of many community groups such as the Beautification Committee, Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Area B, Splitrock Environmental Sekw’el’was, Gold Country Communities Society, Lillooet & District Chamber of Commerce, Lillooet Lions Club, Lillooet District Historical Society and the Lillooet Naturalist Society. The District of Lillooet will leverage the CN EcoConnexions Grant with $2,500 from a BC Hydro Community ReGreening Grant, $1,000 from SLRD Area B and $13,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust Capacity Building Grant (NDIT-EDCBG) in order to complete the Project. Phase one of this project was completed by Splitrock Environmental in the Fall of 2015, at the Bridge of 23 Camels pull-out. Funding for the first phase of the project was provided by the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition Grant and the NDIT-EDCB Grant. A ribbon cutting event will be held to celebrate the project completion in October 2016. Funders, volunteers, in-kind donors and regional stakeholders will be invited and recognized at this outdoor event at the Bridge of 23 Camels, where the community will be invited to enjoy refreshments and celebrate this major community accomplishment. -30- Contact: Margaret Hohner, Communications and Grant Writing District of Lillooet, Box 610, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0 P: 250-256-4289 Mhohner@lillooetbc.ca

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Mar
01

LILLOOET COMMUNITY BANNER PROJECT

March 01, 2016
LILLOOET COMMUNITY BANNER PROJECT Once again community members of all ages are invited to participate in creating public artwork by painting a colourful street banner to showcase the theme “Lillooet Life” Designs should be kept simple. Finished coloured designs must be submitted on 5” x 10” paper. Submissions are due by March 23, 2016. Selected entries will be notified shortly thereafter along with a schedule of available workshop dates. Entries will be selected on the basis of originality, composition and suitability. The participants would then be asked to pay $10 to help cover costs. All materials are supplied and all painting is done at the workshop site. Please plan for 2 full days of painting to complete each banner. Drop off submissions (along with your name, contact phone # & email) at any of the following locations: • Creative Haven • KC Health Food Store • REC Centre office For more information check us out on Facebook “Lillooet Community Banner Project”. Applications can be submitted to Megan Kennedy, Aquatic Supervisor, in person at the District of Lillooet REC Centre, 930 Main Street, or by email to rec@lillooetbc.ca Thank you for your interest in working with the District of Lillooet; only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Mar
01

NDIT Funding Approved to upgrade Lillooet Airport

March 01, 2016
LILLOOET - Funds approved through Northern Development’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program will transform the Lillooet Municipal Airport into a long-term asset that will generate benefits for the local economy. The Trust’s Board of directors approved $122,786 in funding for the airport, which will be used for repairs, a revamping of the fueling system and an updated pilot lounge. The upgrades mean Lillooet can promote the airport to a wider range of users, contributing to increased air traffic in the area and supporting investment attraction, business expansion and a boost in tourism. An enhanced airport will also provide access to Canada’s national air transportation network. Residents will soon have a viable transportation link and access to emergency health care services beyond those currently available in the community. The enhancements will expand revenues to the District of Lillooet through increased aviation activity and non-aviation activity, diversifying economic activity in the region, which includes the northern Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and St’át’imc First Nation. Northern Development’s funding makes up 50% of the total project budget, which is $245,573. Northern Development’s Economic Diversification Infrastructure program has previously been used to fund airport upgrades in Masset, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Burns Lake, Fort St. John, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Anahim Lake and elsewhere. Quotes: Evan Saugstad, Board Chair, Northern Development “When you upgrade an airport the benefits impact the entire region. These improvements to the Lillooet Municipal Airport, not only increase access to services and amenities for residents of Lillooet, but also create an opportunity for the Lillooet area to showcase itself and attract new visitors and investment. The Trust is excited to be a part of projects that enable communities like Lillooet to strengthen their local economy.” Marg Lampman, Mayor, District of Lillooet “Our airport is vital to Lillooet’s’ long-term success, and we are very pleased to have received support from Northern Development. Modernizing our fueling stations and repairing our runway is crucial to the area’s emergency services network and in supporting economic diversification in our tourism and agriculture sectors.” About Northern Development Northern Development Initiative Trust combines funding with smart thinking to help Northern British Columbia thrive. The Trust was created for the north and is led by the north. In only a decade, Northern Development has found 2,000 ways to say “yes” to economic diversification in our region, attracting more than $1.2 billion in new investment to the region. Contacts: Joel McKay Director, Communications Northern Development Initiative Trust 250-561-2525 joel@northerndevelopment.bc.ca Katherine Benny Communications Assistant Phone 250-561-2525 katherine@northerndevelopment.bc.ca Northern Development Initiative Trust 301-1268 Fifth Avenue, Prince George BC V2L 3L2 northerndevelopment.bc.ca | lovenorthernbc.com

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Mar
01

Shop local campaign coming to Lillooet

March 01, 2016
Shop local campaign coming to Lillooet LoveLillooet.com will feature unique, independently owned businesses located throughout the Lillooet region. Locally-owned, independent businesses will have access to a new digital marketing platform this spring to showcase their products and services to residents and visitors of the beautiful Central Coast. LoveLillooet.com will launch July 29, 2016 and use first-rate photography and storytelling to showcase the areas unique, eclectic and homegrown businesses. Love Lillooet is part of a grassroots B.C. movement to change the way people shop ¬– encouraging them to connect with local business owners and reinvest their money in the local economy, supporting sustainability and diversification. Lillooet is the latest community to join the Love Northern BC program, which is funded by Northern Development and includes more than 30 communities in central and northern B.C. and over 1,200 unique, independently-owned businesses. Today, Love Northern BC, which grew from the grass roots Small Town Love movement in Quesnel B.C., to the largest shop local initiative in North America is quickly becoming known as the must-see digital platform for residents and visitors who are interested in shopping at central and northern B.C.’s independent businesses. Unique, locally-owned businesses based in the Lillooet region can join LoveLillooet.com for a $100 one-time fee, which includes a photo shoot with a professional photographer, a professionally written business profile and stylishly-designed webpage to showcase their business story. For more information, business owners should contact Margaret Hohner, Grant Writing and Communications Officer, District of Lillooet at (250) 256-4289 or via email at mhohner@lillooetbc.ca. Interested business owners can also visit www.lovenorthernbc.com or www.lovelillooet.com for more information. “We couldn’t be more excited about Lillooet joining the Love Northern BC program movement,” said Janine North, CEO, Northern Development. “Lillooet and its surrounding region are home to some of the most beautiful and unique communities in B.C., and we know that there are dozens of homegrown, independent businesses that will benefit from this shop local initiative. We can’t wait to partner with them.” “Independent businesses are unique enterprises that contribute to the character of our community by offering a more diverse selection of goods and services,” said District of Lillooet Mayor Marg Lampman. “Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future and we are very grateful to Northern Development for supporting a program that so directly and positively impacts our region.” About Northern Development: Northern Development combines funding with smart thinking to help Northern British Columbia thrive. The Trust was created for the north and is led by the north. In only a decade, Northern Development has found 2,000 ways to say “yes” to economic diversification in our region, attracting more than $1.2 billion in new investment to the region. Since 2014, Northern Development has partnered with more than 30 communities and 1,500 businesses throughout central and northern B.C. to create the largest shop local campaign in North America – Love Northern BC. To learn more about Northern Development, please visit www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca. To learn more about the Love Northern BC program, please visit www.lovenorthernbc.com. Business Contact: Margaret Hohner Grant Writing and Communications Officer District of Lillooet mhohner@lillooetbc.ca (250) 256-4289 ext. 226 Media Contact: Joel McKay Director, Communications Northern Development Initiative Trust joel@northerndevelopment.bc.ca 250-561-2525

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