Local efforts to boost Grand Fork’s status as a great place to do business have won our city a key provincial award: the province’s 2014 Open for Business Award.
“This is fantastic news for Grand Forks, and a tribute to our city’s excellent leadership in creating a business-friendly community,” said James Wilson, Executive Director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Just nine communities in all of B.C. won the award this year, out of 162 municipalities in the province.
“It’s great to see Grand Forks recognized as a standout performer in all of B.C.,” Wilson said.
Wilson added that the award, which carries a $10,000 grant to fund more business-friendly developments in town, will boost Grand Fork’s reputation province-wide as a great place to do business.
“We hope this award will telegraph to businesses throughout B.C.: ‘Come to Grand Forks, your business can thrive there,’” he said.
Recently, the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce has been delighted to see Grand Forks enhance its business environment by beautification program that includes a call for local artists to create banners and murals, “Grand Forks Development Showcase’ to highlight properties ready for development.
“Winning this award is a great honour for Grand Forks and a recognition of our city’s tireless efforts to build a strong economy and strengthen our job-creating businesses,” Wilson said.
The BC Chamber of Commerce also commended Grand Forks for its win.
“Grand Forks should be very proud of what it’s achieved here,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “These awards recognize role model communities throughout the province that are taking tangible steps to build a better British Columbia.”