Towns to discuss promoting CBN region
Joint council committee pitches economic development idea
Representatives of the 11 municipalities included in the Conception Bay North Joint Council are being asked to discuss the merits of a proposed collaboration to promote the region.
At last Thursday’s meeting held in South River, Harbour Grace Coun. Gordon Stone discussed an economic development attractions package for the Conception Bay North region. The idea is to create an online and hard copy promotional tool that would highlight the assets of all 11 communities as a means to generate economic interest in the area.
“It would be a regional piece of business,” said Stone, who served on a committee with joint council chairman Gordon Power that came up with the idea. “We think, Gord and I, that this could be one very important document, because it would be an expensive thing to do, and it would benefit every town in the region.”
Stone said the project would help show residents that the towns are pulling together and willing to co-operate in an effort to help the Conception Bay North area. Having already mentioned the idea to representative of funding agencies like the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provincial Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, Stone said there was a positive response.
“Both funding agencies were very positive about the concept and are open to looking at a funding proposal to do it,” he said.
Potential assets towns could choose to highlight might include tax incentives, local labour forces, accommodations, attractions, services, businesses and available land, amongst other items. It was suggested during the meeting that a consultant specializing in marketing would do much of the work to create a jointly-funded package.
Power, a town councillor from Cupids, noted that while joint council regularly meets to discuss shared interests and concerns, it does not regularly engage in projects of this nature.
“We don’t support anything money-wise or anything else, and I think something like this if we had to give $1,000 or $1,500 towards it, that’s great,” he said.
There was some debate at the meeting about whether smaller towns would really gain much from getting involved in such a project.
Stone said his thinking is every town will be afforded an equal opportunity to share what they have to offer, with the focus remaining to ultimately promote the region as a whole for the benefit of all towns.
A motion passed to have all towns discuss the proposal as individual councils before holding another vote at the joint council level to decide whether to move forward with it.
Harbour Grace Coun. Gordon Stone makes his pitch for an economic development attractions package that the Conception Bay North Joint Council would collectively help fund.