Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Media Release: Northern Rockies Regional Economic Strategy Rolls Out

 

April 12, 2019

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA RELEASE

The Northern Rockies Regional Economic Strategy Rolls Out at an Open House

 

 

 

FORT NELSON, BC - The development of the Northern Rockies’ Regional Economic Strategy (“the Strategy”) reached another milestone with the presentation of the draft Strategy to Regional Council at a special meeting on April 3rd, and a public presentation attended by more than 55 residents on the evening of April 4th.

 

The Strategy is made possible by 100% grant funding from the federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund, and the goal is to provide the Northern Rockies with guidance on how best to rekindle, diversify and stabilize a sustainable regional economy.

 

The Strategy utilizes information gathered from in-depth statistical research, and community engagement that provided over 450 individual points of input in addition to the statistical data considered. These contributions were gathered from:

  • a series of focus groups,
  • meetings with Regional Council and Fort Nelson First Nation Chief and Council
  • a two-day workshop involving more than 40 community, business, not-for-profits, public service providers and industry representatives
  • consultations in Muncho Lake, Toad River and Fort Nelson
  • business and community surveys
  • one-on-one interviews with key economic players, both local and from outside the NRRM.

 

Regional Economic Strategy implementation will be 80% funded by a grant from the BC Rural Dividend Fund, continuing to draw on the knowledge and experience of local residents and businesses. Next steps will include:

 

  • receipt of the of the final Regional Economic Strategy
  • publication of the Regional Economic Strategy
  • enlisting the assistance of professional expertise with experience in the implementation of economic development strategies
  • prioritizing and taking action on recommendations in keeping with Regional Council’s strategic priorities
  • creating opportunities for ongoing information updates and public input
  • establishing measurement indicators to monitor progress, and
  • adjusting the action plan to adapt to changing conditions.

 

Interested in more information?

Questions or comments:

Mike Gilbert 

Regional Development Officer

E:  mgilbert@northernrockies.ca  

P:  250.774.2541 ext. 2043

 

or

 

Jack Stevenson

Regional Development Officer

E:  jstevenson@northernrockies.ca

P:  250.774.2541 ext. 2041

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