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City seeking applications for new committee on downtown issues

The City of Prince George is seeking the expertise of residents interested in serving on the newly created Select Committee on A Safe, Clean, and Inclusive Downtown.

The city is accepting applications, for appointment by city council, of up to five community members to serve on the committee for a term of six months beginning in January 2020. The purpose of the committee is to advise council and city staff on priorities and strategies related to key issues and work required to be done to address social issues throughout Prince George with a focus on the downtown core.

Council established the new committee and its terms of reference at last night’s council meeting.

Mayor Lyn Hall will chair the committee, which will include, as possible, representatives from the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Prince George, Gateway Business Improvement Association, Prince George RCMP, Northern Health Authority, BC Housing, Association Advocating for Women and Community (AWAC), and Prince George Native Friendship Centre. The Select Committee on A Safe, Clean, and Inclusive Downtown will convene its first meeting in January 2020, and will deliver its recommendations to Council by June 30, 2020.

“Council has heard clearly from residents that social issues affecting the city – the downtown in particular – are a matter of immediate concern,” said Hall, in a news release. “This new committee is in direct response to that public feedback and the input of the business community, which is why the makeup of the committee is going to feature representatives from the general public, the business community, and many of the organizations with a direct stake in the outcome. Council encourages residents who are interested and feel they are qualified to put their names forward to be part of the committee.”

Interested applicants should have knowledge and experience related to Prince George social issues, with emphasis on the downtown area, and be familiar with the impacts on, and responsibilities of, various levels of government, nonprofit organizations, and businesses for alleviating those issues. Information on the committee, including its Terms of Reference and application forms, are available on the City’s website or may be picked up in the Legislative Services Division, Fifth Floor City Hall, at the address below. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020.

There are several ways to submit an application:

For any questions or to have an application form mailed to you, please contact the Legislative Services Department at (250) 561-7655 or cityclerk@princegeorge.ca.

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