Towns to dis­cuss pro­mot­ing CBN re­gion

Joint coun­cil com­mit­tee pitches eco­nomic devel­op­ment idea

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@CBN­com­

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.

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