GBDC hiring new position for Grand Bank office
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.