Ontario Chamber of Commerce to highlight positive economic legacy of Pan Am and Parapan American Games

TORONTO, July 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Last year, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a report on the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games which outlined eight recommendations to the Government of Ontario on how to ensure that the Games leave a positive, lasting economic legacy for Ontario. The report, Beyond the Finish Line, highlighted the need for an effective tourism marketing strategy, a smart traffic reduction strategy that doesn't hurt business, and closer relationships with Latin American businesses.

As we prepare to welcome the Games, the OCC is confident that Ontario is on the right track to capitalize on the economic benefits associated with the Games. To date, the Province has made great progress on a number of recommendations outlined in the OCC's report.

OCC President & CEO Allan O'Dette is available throughout the Games to provide commentary from the perspective of Ontario's business community. As your newsroom considers how to cover the Games, please consider having Mr. O'Dette speak about the unique insight from the OCC based upon our research, consultation with Ontario's business community, and engagement by local chambers in host communities with the Games.

Learn more by reading our report on the Game's Economic legacy, Beyond the Finish Line: Ensuring a Successful Legacy for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games. (http://www.occ.ca/portfolio/beyond-the-finish-line-ensuring-a-successful-legacy-for-the-toronto-2015-pan-am-parapan-american-games/)

About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is an independent, non-partisan business network. Our mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by advocating for pro-business policies and defending business priorities at Queen's Park. For more than a century, the OCC has been providing our members with practical supports, advantageous network opportunities, and access to innovative insight and analysis. We represent local chambers of commerce and boards of trade from communities across Ontario. Through this network, we are the voice of 60,000 members that range from small businesses to major corporations and industry associations. Together, our members employ two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario's GDP.

SOURCE Ontario Chamber of Commerce

For further information: To arrange an interview with Allan O'Dette, please contact: Karl Baldauf, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, e. karlbaldauf@occ.ca, t. 647.888.2866

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