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District of Clearwater receives funding to help stimulate economic activity

2022-09-23 — The District of Clearwater is incredibly pleased to announce its success in obtaining a $15,000 grant from the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI) for the District of Clearwater Economic Development through BRRE and Telling Our Story project.  

“This grant builds on the efforts of council to strengthen our Economic Development ‘toolbox.’” said Mayor Merlin Blackwell. “It also shows the value of hiring a very skilled Economic Development Officer. This is the first grant I believe we have received from ETSI.”   

The grant will fund numerous projects to improve and stimulate local economic activity. Projects such as a business walk to create conversations between local government officials and businesses, establishing a land and building registry, increasing access to business tools, and sharing Clearwater’s success stories all help to support and stimulate economic development in the community.  

“I am very excited about this grant as it will allow us to accomplish many economic projects in the coming year,” said Wylie Bystedt, economic development officer for the District of Clearwater. “It is activities such as a business walk where we can find out what our local business owners need to thrive and feel they are being supported.” 

Local and seasonal businesses in Clearwater have faced many challenges over the last few years. This ETSI grant will assist both them and the District in finding ways to strengthen the business community and increase awareness of programs and services available to them. 

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