Manager to assess wildfire impact on businesses

TNRD to assess the impact on businesses of last summer’s wildfires

By Times Staff

Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has engaged Colin O’Leary as a community recovery manager to assess the impact on businesses in the regional district due to last summer’s devastating wildfire season.

O’Leary was previously business retention and expansion manager with Venture Kamloops.

He will head up a project that will consist of three main components:

1. Actively engaging the business community affected by the 2017 wildfire season.

2. Quantifying the economic loss in the region.

3. Recommending options moving forward.

Businesses that were impacted by the wildfires can contact O’Leary at recovery@tnrd.ca.

The work being undertaken by the TNRD to support businesses is in addition to other initiatives already underway.

The TNRD earlier announced that it was hiring a recovery manager, Bob Finley, to coordinate with property owners who suffered damage or total loss due to the fires.

Finley previously worked for the TNRD in development services for 30 years.

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