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Clearwater makes strides to support economic development with grant, appointment for mayor

Merlin Blackwell was appointed to the ETSIBC Thompson-Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee

The District of Clearwater is moving forward in its support of economic development by securing a $10,000 grant for improved wayfinding and signage in commercial districts, as well as the appointment of Mayor Merlin Blackwell to the ETSIBC Thompson-Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).

As a member of the Thompson-Okanagan RAC, Blackwell and other committee members fulfill their role by providing advice to the Board on funding suitable projects, as well as opportunities for communities and regions with a population under 500.

“I’m very happy to be appointed to the ETSIBC committee. It’s crucial to have experienced, regionally diverse representation on ETSIBC in order to truly understand the needs of all communities across the vast ETSIBC region,” said Blackwell. “I can throw a North Thompson-specific lens on things, while still representing the interests of the greater TNRD.”

There are two RACs throughout the ETSIBC service area, which consist of local government officials and MLAs. The Thompson-Okanagan RAC includes 18 members, 15 of which are local elected officials from each of six regional districts and the remaining three MLAs. Mayor Blackwell, along with Director of Area M David Laird and Councillor Julie Kimmel from the Municipality of Sun Peaks, will represent the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

The district gratefully acknowledges the financial support of ETSIBC in the amount of $10,000 to complete three activities in the spring and summer of 2023 which will focus on wayfinding and signage.

“Us Clearwater locals take for granted that we know where everything is in our town with three distinct commercial districts,” said Mayor Blackwell. “This ETSIBC grant for wayfinding and signage will help us show the rest of the world where to find Clearwater businesses and local attractions and amenities — it’s funding for a project that is long overdue.”

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