The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) has recently launched Island Comeback
, a marketing campaign and online platform to support rural island businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 tourism slump.
The program encompasses 18 rural islands, including Cortes. Each island gets a landing page, showcasing local businesses and organizations. Visitors can buy digital gift certificates and make donations right through the platform, with payments automatically transferred to the business.Participation is free for Cortes businesses and organizations! Register here: https://islandcomeback.ca/register
RIEP's professional marketing team is promoting the program around the province, so now is the time to get on board!
Participating businesses are required to have a Stripe account for accepting payments on the platform (sign up for Stripe here: https://dashboard.stripe.com/register)
The *Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP)* is a "grassroots initiative for cultivating enduring rural island-wide economic partnerships, in collaboration with Indigenous communities, that ensure economic resilience, and generate long-term prosperity without depleting natural or social resources."
The Island Comeback program is funded in part by modest contributions from economic development organizations on various islands, including the Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA).