Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce secures grant funding to create a data portal to provide accurate snapshot of community


Work on first phase of Data Portal underway, to be completed June 1

via Chamber news release March 12

After receiving a robust response from a half dozen Sea to Sky web development and design agencies, the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce has selected Pemberton’s Custom Fit Online to develop an at-a-glance data portal that will help community members, businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and potential investors gain an accurate snapshot of the region and its vital and most current statistics.

The first phase of the project will be completed June 1 and is made possible thanks to $10,000 from the province of BC’s Rural Dividend Fund, a grant that was announced at the end of 2017. An advisory committee comprising representatives from the Chamber, Líl̓wat Nation, Village of Pemberton, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) and the real estate sector helped identify the most valuable, accurate and available data to include in the first phase of the portal.

On February 27, 2018, the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce also learned that it’s follow-up grant application to the Rural Dividend Fund secured a further $10,000 to build a second phase onto the data portal. The second phase will incorporate additional data sources to the page, like weather cams, social media feeds and more quirky facts, to balance Census-style data with local personality and colour. The second phase will be completed by December 31.

The Data Portal was identified as a worthy priority project for the region by the newly convened Pemberton & Area Economic Development Collaborative, and the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce’s grant applications benefitted from having letters of support from the other members of the table – the Village of Pemberton, SLRD, Líl̓wat Nation, Líl̓wat Business Group, the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council, and Tourism Pemberton.

The collaborative table came together at the Chamber’s instigation, in May 2017 with guidance and facilitation provided by the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. The group meets quarterly and hopes to generate positive momentum on critical regional issues, through the power of a shared vision, collaborative advocacy and improved communication between organizations.

The Rural Dividend Program prioritizes projects that enhance community resiliency, partnerships and shared prosperity, innovation, youth and job creation. The Pemberton & District Chamber believes that achieving any of these objectives in the Pemberton area, given the small economic base and population, and multiple governing jurisdictions, requires effective partnerships.

“We’ve been heartened by the support that all the Collaborative members have provided to the Data Portal initiative, in its proposal phase, and we are excited to develop this tool,” says Graham Turner, President of the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce. “Projects like the Data Portal are a tangible opportunity for local agencies to find points of alignment. It’s a productive way to turn the number of organizations, agencies and governments in this region, into a positive force. Creating a common platform for sharing up-to-date intelligence about the region is a great foundation for collaboration, community visioning, and advocacy. We look forward to delivering the Data Portal to the community.”

The Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the financial support of Electoral Area C of the SLRD and the Líl̓wat Business Group, for the grant-writing services that secured the funding for the Data Portal.

March 22 2018 Chamber breakfast

The Chamber brought Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce together with representatives from a range of sectors of the local economy to learn about trends, advocacy, and how to punch above our weight, for the betterment of the region, on March 22. One key: better data, which leads to more insight, which leads to better decision-making.



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