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Economic recovery plan focuses on short,long-term goals

April 6, 2020

The Town’s Economic and Business Recovery Strategic plan will position Okotoks to provide short and long-term recovery support to local businesses. The plan was presented at the Emergency Advisory Committee meeting April 1.

“One of Council’s top priorities is providing the right support to help our business community’s long-term recovery and this plan will help direct those actions” said Mayor Bill Robertson. “One of the main agenda items at our next Council meeting on April 27 will be to discuss the strategies and actions that will help achieve this.”

The Town has already implemented a number of actions to support local businesses.  This includes the development of a business support and recovery page on the Town’s website, which provides up-to-date information and links to resources from the federal, provincial and local governments as well as private sectors. The page is designed to be a one-stop source for businesses to more easily locate the support they need.

A dedicated business information line, 403.938.8052, is available from 12-4 pm, Monday to Friday to provide businesses with various resources.

The next step is to launch customer relationship management software which will gather essential data from local businesses to determine the services that Okotoks’ businesses most need to recover. Working closely with the Okotoks Entrepreneurial Ecosystem will ensure that services are coordinated and any external funding support is efficiently allocated. 

“This plan was developed in collaboration with the Okotoks Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, to ensure we have aligned our support and services to best serve the local business community,” said Angela Groeneveld, manager of Economic Development.

With the prolonged, unknown recovery timeframe, the strategic plan will be flexible and frequently revisited. Both the presentation and strategic plan are available on the Town’s Business Support and Recovery page