The City of Vernon endeavors to maximize economic development growth in the community. One of the keys to our success in Economic Development is that we focus our efforts on growing the existing business base. We believe that if we can create the right environment for businesses to thrive, we will attract additional investment to the community. Our Council’s strategic plan has seven goals including “Be a leader in Economic Development”. Staff embrace this challenge, which we’ve highlighted with our our department structure, the creation of an Economic Development Planner position and our Business Retention and Expansion program which launched in 2010. We have established partnership with our key business services providers along with Okanagan Indian Band to ensure all the businesses in our region prosper.