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Kootenay Country exhibit a hit at UBCM conference

The “Kootenay Country” exhibit has won acclamation at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference recently held in Vancouver by being the first group invited by the City of Richmond to set up a display during the upcoming Olympic games.

The City of Richmond, a government partner in the Olympics, is sponsoring an official venue called the “O” Zone, which will be located in the heart of Richmond near the Olympic Oval to showcase various regions of British Columbia. It is expected that up to 25,000 people per day could visit the “O” Zone.

The “Kootenay Country” display was put together in partnership with the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay/Boundary and East Kootenay, along with Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust. The exhibit, staffed by elected officials from our area and representatives from Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust, is an excellent venue for profiling the Columbia Basin region. The Kootenay Country display was developed for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Calgary in June 2007 and was displayed at the UBCM conference in Vancouver later that same year.

During this year’s UBCM conference, all regional representatives provided a gift basket whose contents reflected their particular area of the Columbia Basin, such as ski passes or crafts created by local artisans. These gift baskets were raffled off during the conference.

“Our Kootenay Country booth was the only booth at the UBCM which showcased an entire region and elected officials from almost every community in the Basin took the time to represent their community in the booth during the conference,” said Ann Henderson, Mayor of Salmo and a member of the organizing committee. “The gift baskets provided by the Basin communities were fabulous and showed off the very best of our region,” said Henderson.

“No matter where Kootenay Country representatives went throughout the week, delegates from across the province were giving us kudos for our booth,” said Audrey Repin, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Columbia Power. “The Olympic invitation capped off a very successful week for the Kootenay Country showcase,” said Repin.

Meetings will be held over the coming weeks to discuss the future opportunities for the Kootenay Country exhibit. For more information, contact Mayor Ann Henderson at 250-551-2247 or Audrey Repin at 250-304-6044.