Regional district to develop economic action plan

There are multiple ways to get involved and have your voice heard.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is creating a new regional economic development action plan that will be used by the regional district to support the region’s businesses and communities, as well as to build a strong regional economy.

In order for the action plan to reflect the local needs and perspectives of the local businesses, it is essential that the regional district hear from local business and community leaders.

There are multiple ways to get involved and have your voice heard.

The regional district urges business and community leaders to attend a community forum to share ideas about the economic development action plan.

These forums were held June 3 in Vanderhoof and Fort St. James, June 4 in Fraser Lake, June 5 in Burns Lake and will be held June 16 in Smithers and Telkwa, June 17 in Houston and June 18 in Granisle.

The goals of the economic development action plan are to develop long-term economic prosperity, enhance the region as a great place to live, work and visit, offer a quality of life that serves to attract and retain residents, offer all residents, communities and businesses an opportunity to prosper and to ensure the regional economy is diverse.

The plan will provide overall economic development direction for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, in addition to identifying mutually supportive partnerships.

“What we’re hoping to achieve is to support the economic prosperity of our region and use those things that enhance the livability and resilience that’s where we are going with this,” Bill Miller, Director of Area B for the Regional District said.

Other ways to have your opinion heard is to fill out an online survey at www.rdbn.bc.ca/economicdevelopment/actionplan, or to set up a personal interview with the regional district by contacting the manager of economic development, Corrine Swenson via email, at corrine.swenson@rdbn.bc.ca, or by telephone at 250-692-3195.

For more information, visit: www.rdbn.bc.ca/economicdevelopment/economic-development/action-plan.