GBDC hir­ing new po­si­tion for Grand Bank of­fice

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

The Grand Bank De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GBDC) is look­ing to hire an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

Heather Burling­ham, chair of the GBDC’s Board of Di­rec­tors, said the po­si­tion will be lo­cated out of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Grand Bank of­fice, which re­cently re­lo­cated from the Mu­nic­i­pal Cen­tre to the Buffett Build­ing.

She said the new role is a di­rect re­sult of the lob­by­ing ef­forts by the GBDC’s Board to the Com­mu­nity Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tions (CBDC) Burin Penin­sula’s Board of Di­rec­tors, which over­sees the Grand Bank ser­vices.

As a cost cut­ting mea­sure, an op­er­a­tional re­view com­pleted in 2012 had rec­om­mended the clo­sure of the GBDC of­fice and ter­mi­na­tion of the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant po­si­tions.

The two po­si­tions were cut last year, but the of­fice never closed and was main­tained un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Re­gional Women In Busi­ness Net­work (RWIB) co­or­di­na­tor, a full-time con­trac­tual po­si­tion shared with ACOA.

Mrs. Burling­ham said the new hire and the RWIB co­or­di­na­tor will jointly re­port to the CBDC Burin Penin­sula.

A con­tro­versy arose last year when the Grand Bank Town Coun­cil balked at the or­ga­ni­za­tional changes, sug­gest­ing they coun­tered the orig­i­nal ob­jec­tives out­lined when the GBDC was cre­ated in the early 1990s, fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the prov­ince’s deep sea fish­ery.

At the end of the pre­vi­ous me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) be­tween the GBDC Board and CBDC Burin Penin­sula Board last spring, Mrs. Burling­ham noted an 11month agree­ment, due to end next month, was reached. She in­di­cated since then the two or­ga­ni­za­tions have worked through some is­sues.

Mrs. Burling­ham, who said the GBDC Board made its last pre­sen­ta­tion to the CBDC Burin Penin­sula Board about two months ago, ad­mit­ted the cre­ation of the new po­si­tion is good news for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“It took a year of work­ing with the CBDC, ne­go­ti­at­ing and things like that to come up with this, and we’re re­ally pleased. We be­lieve it will send the GBDC into sort of a new di­rec­tion.

“We’re hop­ing for a very en­thu­si­as­tic, hard­work­ing per­son who’ll go out and pound the pave­ment, and meet the clients, past and hope­fully fu­ture, and present, and see what we can do for Grand Bank.”

Mrs. Burling­ham said the new full-time po­si­tion is sched­uled to start Apr. 1, and will be for a two-year con­tract term.

She also sug­gested the new lo­ca­tion would give the or­ga­ni­za­tion a more vis­i­ble pres­ence in the com­mu­nity.

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