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Northern Development announces approval for 11 regional business liaison positions

NDIT CEO Joel McKay
NDIT CEO Joel McKay

Northern Development announced today that it has approved funding for 11 positions through its regional business liaison program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities, or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region.

“The trust is very pleased that we were able to approve 11 positions that will benefit all four areas of our service region,” said Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development. “Now that we are seeing businesses re-opening, many business owners and managers will benefit from this service as we all work towards rebuilding the economy in northern B.C.”

Regional business liaison positions have been approved for the following:

  • Community Futures Nadina
  • Community Futures Peace Liard
  • Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Community Futures Fraser Fort George
  • Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
  • Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Futures Sun Country
  • Community Futures North Cariboo
  • Haida Gwaii Community Futures
  • Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Each organization has 90 days to fill the positions. Northern Development will fund 100 per cent of eligible expenses up to $75,000. This funding is a one-time offering to provide additional community resources to support small and medium sized enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NDIT’s funding for the RBL position is a powerful springboard for facilitating dialogues that will enhance communication, while identifying service gaps and how to fill them,” said Susan Stearns, General Manager, Community Futures Fraser Fort George. “It will allow businesses to access resources to redesign their businesses and will be a primary conduit for strengthening and diversifying economic recovery across the North.”

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