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The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is focusing on the challenges facing our city, district, province and country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, the Chamber team started compiling and organizing the most up-to-date information from all levels of government in a single COVID-19 information page published on the Chamber’s website, which can be used by the business community, employees, and the public. In addition to the website page, the Chamber has also been using their social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to keep the community informed.

“We understand that the amount of information that has been released regarding COVID-19 has been overwhelming and it’s hard to keep track of all the announcements that have been made and continue to be made on a daily basis,” stated Tracy Noullett, Chamber of Commerce President. “That is why our team is dedicated to sift through all the information and, in addition to updating our website, we will provide our community with a daily video update from our Chamber team that can be watched every evening at 7:30 p.m. on our blog and various social media channels.”

A Facebook group has also been created to support business owners and their employees. The YXH Business Support group provides guidance with daily morning presentations at 7:30 a.m. from various local speakers to help navigate through the different issues that employers and their employees are facing because of COVID-19. Recent presentations have focused on crisis management, employment law, human resource challenges and occupational health and safety obligations.

“You can begin and end your day with us and know that we are firmly committed to having your back through this pandemic. We want our business community to know that we are here to support them and find answers to their questions.” Noullett assured. “Our chamber network is extensive and, through our channels, we are able to use our influence to access government and filter concerns raised locally, up to the highest levels. We can, and are, making a difference and through our advocacy we have been able to ensure that the voice of business is being heard by those making crucial decisions at all levels of government.”

The work of the chamber network can be followed through a variety of hashtags on social media including:  #YXH2gether, #InThisTogether, #COVID19AB, #FlattenTheCurve and #AlbertaCares.

“The Chamber has been an organization that has cared deeply about the welfare of Medicine Hat & District since its founding in 1900. Our deep roots in this community means that we are intricately connected to the health and well-being of every single person in our community. Our dedication to our region encompasses, member, non-member, business owner, employee, old and young. We are all in this together and we believe that it is necessary to face the COVID-19 pandemic as a community taking control of what we can by choosing compassion, strength and resiliency, so that Medicine Hat & District will emerge stronger than ever.”

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Tracy Noullett, President

c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

(403) 527-5214 ext.225

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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