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B2B: politicos talk economic development, region

A panel of local politicians had a chinwag about community, economic development, and working together for the betterment of the region at the B2B business expo in Dawson last week.
Bumstead talks economic diversity with other politicians, including Pouce Coupe's Andre Lavoie.
Bumstead talks economic diversity with other politicians, including Pouce Coupe's Andre Lavoie.

A panel of local politicians had a chinwag about community, economic development, and working together for the betterment of the region at the B2B business expo in Dawson last week.

PRRD board member Leonard Hiebert noted the PRRD is a rural representative.

“It is the voice of the rural community, helps development economically, and is a crucial part in moving forward.”

Pouce Coupe councillor Andre Lavoie outlined the positive work staff does to help the village and region. He also noted plans are afoot in Pouce.

“We are in the midst of forming an economic development plan as well as a new zoning bylaw. We are in the final stages to help property development have a clearer path, as well as creating a new premier area in the village.”

Chetwynd councillor Rochelle Galbraith said spoke about a regional project finding its niche already.

“The inter-community business license has reduced red tape – it has been very effective in helping save time and money for business.”

DC mayor Dale Bumstead noted it was important to work together.

“This area was built on agriculture, however huge resources and natural assets have helped grow us, but what is driving the bus right now is the reserves in the region.”

Bumstead pointed to what the city of Dawson Creek was up to in terms of current econ. dev.

“Right now it is sport and event tourism marketing. Rodeo, Cruisers, a great many other events.”

He spoke about deficiencies as well. Accommodation.

“(It) is a big deal. When other industries are banging, the accommodation becomes a problem.”                

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