April 05, 2013 - 1:06 PM
In just over a week Kamloops will be the showcase community where business improvement associations from across British Columbia and Alberta gather to talk about the issues often faced by central commercial areas.
Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association general manager Gay Pooler says the association offered to host the annual conference, set for April 15-17, and was quickly approved as the host association.
This year the conference will focus on the future and Pooler expects a range of delegates to represent a variety of associations and sectors affected by improvement associations. Sessions will include both public and members only discussions covering marketing, recruitment and retention, panhandlers, street food vendors, parking and nightlife. Many of the session topics have recently been discussed at Kamloops council.
Several councillors recently asked Pooler about extending business hours in the downtown core to help keep vibrancy alive and while she agrees entertainment is a major traffic generator in the evenings, many business owners do not see enough benefit from the longer hours.
Guided tours to see some highlights of downtown Kamloops – including urban design in action - will also be part of the conference as will an awards ceremony recognizing the hard work of the associations across eight different categories.
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