YMM Home Show to exhibit rebuilding experts

Canadian journalist Rex Murphy announced as keynote speaker for community event

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy

A special show for residents is taking place on August 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MacDonald Island for the YMM Home Show event.

“The YMM Home Show will be a fantastic opportunity to bring local businesses and residents together over the common goal to rebuild our community,” stated Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), in a recent release.

“The YMM Home Show will assist local businesses in obtaining work and provide residents with greater access to local products and services available to assist in a healthy rebuild.”

According to the RMWB, the tradeshow-style event is a “direct response to the May wildfires that affected approximately 2,000 structures and impacted almost 3,900 businesses” and is an initiative provided through Wood Buffalo Economic Development (WBED).

Over 100 businesses plan to exhibit rebuilding, renovating, decorating and landscaping products and services to residents of the Wood Buffalo region.

Long-time advocate and supporter of the region, Canadian journalist Rex Murphy is scheduled to address attendees by sharing his thoughts on the region’s rebuilding process.

Free educational sessions will also be provided throughout the day, which will highlight key topics from legal rights to new provincial enhanced builder requirements.

All local vendors present have been invited to take part at no cost, and have been further invited to attend a reception following the tradeshow for $50 each.

The WBED supports local businesses through a strategy set in place by the municipality’s Economic Development Branch, which was created in 2007. According to the RMWB, council approved the Business and Economic Recovery Plan (BERP) through the WBED with the plan’s purpose to “accelerate business and economic recovery in the Wood Buffalo region.”

On August 9, the municipality announced additional information on the $15 million in financial assistance available for small and medium sized business affected by the wildfires.

For more detailed information on the WBED and BERP, visit www.choosewoodbuffalo.ca

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