Town, busi­ness lead­ers meet to dis­cuss eco­nomic devel­op­ment

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS - BY KATIE TOWER STAFF RE­PORTER

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Eco­nomic devel­op­ment was on the agenda as town staff met re­cently with a num­ber of busi­ness lead­ers in the com­mu­nity.

Jamie Burke, Sackville’s se­nior manager of cor­po­rate projects, said a meet­ing was set up ear­lier this month with about 10 lo­cal busi­ness own­ers to dis­cuss the town’s fu­ture eco­nomic devel­op­ment po­ten­tial.

“A lot of great ideas and sug­ges­tions were shared at the meet­ing,” said Burke. “Over­all the meet­ing and re­sponse was pos­i­tive.”

Burke said staff will be as­sem­bling an over­view of the ma­jor themes that were dis­cussed at the meet­ing so is­sues can be pri­or­i­tized and pro­gressed.

Although Sackville does not cur­rently have an eco­nomic devel­op­ment strat­egy, Burke said th­ese types of meet­ings could cer­tainly be step­ping stones to­wards de­vel­op­ing some sort of plan or ap­proach that could be taken by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity – such as, for ex­am­ple, de­ter­min­ing where best to al­lo­cate re­sources.

Coun. Ron Aiken said who bet­ter to gain that ex­per­tise from than those who’ve been suc­cess­ful in busi­ness in Sackville over a pe­riod of time.

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