February 28, 2015 - 12:37 PM
LAKE COUNTRY - A familiar local resident of Lake Country has been hired by the District as the new Community Development Manager.
Former councillor Jamie McEwan, BA, MA, was awarded the position after a thorough recruitment process.
After serving one term on municipal council, Jamie’s focus remains on family and continuing to work in the community he grew up in. He has a background in both planning and economic development and reported for work as the Community Development Manager on Wednesday, February 25th. The position reports directly to Mark Koch, Director of Community Services.
A lengthy and thorough recruitment process took place which ensures that the best fit for the organization is hired. In the case of this position, the District received 97 resumes. The final short-listed candidates were tested by an external HR provider as the last part of the process. A Corporate Services Report to Council on the March 3, 2015 agenda outlines the hiring process.
“Throughout the recruitment process interview and testing phase, Jamie McEwan really shone as the best candidate,” said Director of Community Services Mark Koch. “It is great to hire someone that is local, qualified and has demonstrated a keen interest in the community.”
Some of the Community Development office priorities are:
To work with Lake Country businesses to explore opportunities for growth and retention;
To encourage investment in business opportunities with the goal of expanding the commercial, service and industrial tax base in Lake Country;
To grow tourism opportunities for the community;
To research funding programs and grants to assist with the economic development of Lake Country;
To act as staff liaison with the Okanagan Indian Band; and
To work with local entrepreneurs on new business idea development.
Jamie is very familiar with community stakeholders, has been active with the Lake Country business community and after the first Business Walks program roll out was quoted in an October 2012 news release as saying: “I was very pleased to take part in opening a positive and constructive dialogue with the Lake Country business community. The Okanagan Business Walks pilot project was well attended by Lake Country representatives. In fact, we had the greatest number of volunteers per capita of any community that participated.”
Jamie looks forward to developing further connections among the business community. He can be reached at 250-766-5650 (x227) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to discuss economic and community development in Lake Country.
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