November 22, 2017, LAWRENCE STATION (GNB) – The Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission is the latest commission to sign a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government to encourage collaboration to help grow local and regional economies.
“Your government recognizes that we must all work together to grow the economy in all regions of the province,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “By working with community leaders in the southwest part of New Brunswick, we will be able to create jobs and spur economic growth in the region.”
The agreements are part of an initiative led by Opportunities NB that will see similar agreements signed in the coming weeks with each of the province’s 12 commissions. The aim is to identify ways in which communication can be improved and processes streamlined between partners in each of the regions.
Opportunities NB is a Crown corporation that seeks to attract and support opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs. It provides support services for businesses across the province.
“Effective efforts in economic development are a key driver in the future success of our region and, as such, the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission supports any actions or initiatives that might deliver real results,” said commission chair Joyce Wright. “We believe that such a partnership with the province and other local stakeholders is a good first step in achieving this goal.”
Under the agreement, Opportunities NB will place a community economic development executive in the region. The executive will meet with municipal government and local service district advisory committees, industry groups, chambers of commerce and other local and regional stakeholders on a regular basis to discuss specific economic opportunities. The executive will support local and regional opportunities through their connections to appropriate provincial and federal government departments and agencies.
Recruitment for the position has begun, with an employee expected to be in place in January.
From left: commission chair Joyce Wright; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames; and Premier Brian Gallant.
Carolyn McCormack, communications, Opportunities NB, 506-453-8168.