CALGARY, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Today Calgary introduces the Calgary
Business Recovery Task Force, an initiative led by the Calgary Chamber
and Calgary Economic Development, that aims to get businesses up and
running as quickly as possible, encourages community members to support
their local economy and ensures the world knows that the city is open
for business after June's devastating floods. In addition to the
hundreds of homes affected by the floods, many of Calgary's businesses
were closed, damaged or without power for several days.
"Many smaller companies that experience a disaster without preparedness
plans may never re-open," said Adam Legge, President and CEO, Calgary
Chamber. "We are doing everything we can to help businesses in the
Calgary region open and get back to business as quickly as possible."
The task force has two specific objectives. First, to ensure that
businesses are cleaned up and repaired as quickly as possible, and to
help business owners prepare to re-open. The second objective is to
ensure business and investment is coming back to the flood affected
areas, which will be done through a comprehensive local, national and
international marketing and communications campaign.
"Building on Tourism Calgary's national marketing campaign launched in
early July, our task force will do its part by embarking on a
complementary communications and marketing campaign to ensure
Calgarians and the world know that companies in Calgary are ready for
their business," said Bruce Graham, President and CEO, Calgary Economic
Development. "Calgarians and Southern Albertans can do their part by
shopping at local businesses and taking advantage of the restaurants,
hotels, parks and attractions right here at home."
Calgarians can spot help kiosks set up by the Calgary Chamber in
affected areas where business owners can ask questions and discuss risk
assessments and other issues currently impacting their livelihood.
These kiosks, and a future business recovery expo, will be attended by
City of Calgary staff, Alberta Health Services, banks, insurance
companies and the Government of Alberta. The task force will also work
with industries who will face increased labour force challenges as we
rebuild the Calgary region.
"At times like this collaboration is key to getting communities rebuilt
and businesses up and operating as quickly as possible," said Deputy
Premier Thomas Lukaszuk. "I am delighted to see the co-operation of the
Calgary Business Recovery Task Force and know that, collectively, they
will have a significant impact helping companies and our economy".
The task force is comprised of 12 local and national organizations: The
Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Economic Development, Government
of Alberta, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Hotel Association, City of
Calgary, C-Biz and Calgary's Business Revitalization Zones (Bowness,
Montgomery, Calgary Downtown Association, Uptown 17th, Fourth Street, Inglewood, Kensington, and Victoria Park), Calgary
Chinese Merchants Association, Canadian Federation of Independent
Business, Haskayne School of Business, Bissett School of Business, and
Calgary Counselling Centre.
For more information about the Calgary Business Recovery Task Force,
visit calgarychamber.com or calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com
SOURCE: Calgary Business Recovery Task Force
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