Regional Economic Development

Okanagan Falls

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Situated in British Columbia, Okanagan Falls is located in the south-central region, collectively known as the Okanagan Valley. It is renowned the world over as one of the most pleasant areas in Canada in which to live. The valley is the northern extension of the Colorado River basin, and forms a temperate desert area in Canada. Most of the South Okanagan area falls within the jurisdiction of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, which includes the City of Penticton. These factors contribute to the superb quality of life and great place to work, live, play and invest.

The South Okanagan has become a prime residential and business relocation area due to the gentle climate, quality of life, magnificent scenery, recreational opportunities and the progressive attitude towards economic development.

For further information see Okanagan Falls Community Services Electoral Area "D" web page or call the Community Services office at 778-515-5520.

South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce

A non-profit business association, composed of individuals, professionals, large and small businesses, and organizations, established to promote economic prosperity and community pride in the communities of Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.

An action-oriented organization dedicated to making the communities strong and vibrant. A ready resource to assist you with every phase of your business development through the experience of 350+ members and helpful staff. The gateway to valuable information on all aspects of business such as legal and labour updates, government programs, community; events, etc.

The front door to the area for new residents and visitors., assisting approximately 25,000 people in 2007 with their inquiries in person and by phone and email. As a strong, unified voice, can impact the decision-making process at the various levels of government pertaining to matters of business, taxation, policy, etc.

Have a strong presence in local organizations and events such as the Festival of the Grape and the April Wine Festival, working to build a sense of unity and enthusiasm for the communities in which we live and our business community prospers.

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When combined with the labour pool, infrastructure, and low overhead costs, Osoyoos' open door business support policy make it quick, easy, and less expensive to launch a new venture.

Osoyoos' quality of life and increasingly diversified economy make it easy to attract skilled, talented people - the core of any successful business. These people continually bring new energy to an existing pool of available skilled workers.

Osoyoos' Buena Vista Industrial Park features low-cost serviced lots that are available for purchase by private owners. A unique aspect of the Park is the ability to include a residential living space within your industrial project. Further space opportunities for commercial and tourism enterprises are also readily available.

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Located in the Okanagan Valley in the interior of British Columbia, Penticton offers the amenities of a larger urban centre yet maintains all the benefits of an uncongested, serene location.

With a greater population of 43,313 the City of Penticton has a strong commitment to economic development. Incentives, zoning, and investments in infrastructure are strategically aimed to create success for businesses and deliver economic returns to the city.

The Penticton Economic Development office works with the City of Penticton, Penticton and Wine Country Tourism and Chamber, and the local First Nation, the Penticton Indian Band, to implement strategies that strengthen the local economy.

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Summerland’s vibrant economy, small town atmosphere and the natural beauty make it one of the most attractive places to work and live in the Okanagan Valley. Summerland’s economy is supported by diverse sectors such as manufacturing; value added agriculture and research and development.

Summerland’s Economic Development Office works with business owners, organizations and provincial and federal agencies to make our community more innovative and competitive by encouraging and fostering local industry. The Office assists in creating the necessary infrastructure for growth and aggressively promotes investments in our businesses. The office also provides information on site locations, business start-ups, export development and provides referrals for business development.

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The Summerland Chamber of Economic Development & Tourism is a very active local Chamber whose mandate is to encourage people to visit Summerland, and to encourage people to want to live and work here. The Chamber holds many special events where guest speakers will keep you up to date on activities within the community and at the Chamber. Bring your business cards to share with the people you will meet. Enter the draws for door prizes from local businesses! Tickets are $20 and include a hot buffet luncheon, coffee, tea and dessert.