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RDOS board scuttles economic development bylaw

PENTICTON - Plans for a regional economic development fund came to a sudden end at last week’s regional district board meeting.

Directors at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen voted to rescind and abandon a new economic development bylaw at last Thursday’s regular board meeting.

West Bench Director Michael Brydon spearheaded the effort to create a new fund last February, citing the need for the board to be more transparent when dealing with annual funding requests for grants such as those made by the Okanagan Film Commission.

Regional board grant will assess public appetite for conservation fund

PENTICTON - The South Okanagan Similkameen conservation program manager approached the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen board of directors Thursday, seeking $65,000 to investigate the development of a conservation fund for the regional district.

Bryn White described a regional district conservation fund as “a dedicated source of funding for organizations to work together to conserve in the region and build a legacy to benefit future generations."