Charlottetown, PE (Aug. 26, 2022) – The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the City of Charlottetown for rescinding its decision to lease municipal vehicles from U.S.-based company without allowing local dealerships to bid on the tender.
The City voted to back out of the agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management on Monday, August 22.
“We are happy about this decision for our auto dealers, as well as what this means for local businesses,” said Chamber CEO Robert Godfrey. “The Chamber is a strong proponent of fair and equal procurement process that allows for local bids.”
The Chamber supported the advocacy efforts that were led by the PEI Automobile Dealers Association (PEIADA).
Local auto dealers within Charlottetown are contributors to our local economy, provide local jobs, and pay property tax to the City of Charlottetown every year.
In February, the Chamber sent a letter to the Mayor of Charlottetown and City Councillors regarding their original decision.
In the letter, we wrote in support of the PEIADA and its efforts to vocalize the concern of local auto dealers and the City’s complete contradiction of the notion of supporting local.
The Chamber looks forward to a fair procurement process that will allow local dealerships, including members of the PEIADA, to bid as well.
To view the Chamber’s letter it sent to the City of Charlottetown, click here.
For further context on the City’s original agreement, click here.
About The Chamber:
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce connects business and community and is PEI’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 1,100 members. For more information on the Chamber, visit www.charlottetownchamber.com.
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