District invites participation in developing a Community Economic Development Strategy

The District invites public participation as it develops a Community Economic Development strategy.

“Community Economic Development is about working together as a community towards a diverse local economy that helps all of Sooke thrive!” shares Sue Welke, District of Sooke Community Economic Development Officer. “Council’s commitment to take action on climate change will drive community economic development in Sooke. We are striving for Low Carbon Resilience, and the achievement of social, economic and environmental co-benefits for all Sooke citizens,” Welke adds.

Through letstalk.sooke.ca/ced citizens can complete a five-minute survey to let us know about their local spending habits, and share what would make it easier to spend more money locally and what types of businesses/services are missing in Sooke. Public input will help inform how we grow a strong and vibrant local economy. There is a survey available for not-for-profit organizations as well.

On Thursday, July 22, the District’s Community Economic Development Committee will drop by businesses and offices in Sooke for a short discussion about opportunities and challenges.

Home-based businesses and businesses that do not operate a storefront, or have an office, interested in participating in a short telephone interview about business opportunities and challenges are invited to email Sue Welke swelke@sooke.ca.

For those without computer access, print surveys are available at the Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road) or the survey can be completed over the phone by calling 250.642.1634.

This phase of consultation will run until August 20, 2021. A draft Strategy will be shared with the public this fall, before being presented to Council later in the year.

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