Economic growth agreement with Acadian Peninsula Regional Service Commission

November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017, CARAQUET (GNB) – The Acadian Peninsula Regional Service Commission today signed a memorandum of understanding with the provincial government aimed at encouraging stakeholders in the region to collaborate to address workforce, infrastructure and other opportunities and challenges.

“Your government is committed to growing the economy and creating jobs,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. “We know it takes strong partnerships across New Brunswick to make that happen, and we are pleased to work with stakeholders in the Acadian Peninsula to achieve the growth we all desire.”

Rousselle signed the agreement on behalf of Economic Development Minister Francine Landry, who is also the minister responsible for Opportunities NB.

The agreements are part of an initiative led by Opportunities NB that will see similar agreements signed in the coming weeks with each of the province’s 12 commissions. The aim is to identify ways in which communication can be improved and processes streamlined between partners in each of the regions.

Opportunities NB is a Crown corporation that seeks to attract and support opportunities to grow the economy and create jobs. It provides support services for businesses across the province.

“This is a great initiative,” said commission chair Georges R. Savoie. “We are pleased to work with Opportunities NB and other stakeholders to help strengthen our communities and grow the local economy.”

Under the agreement, Opportunities NB will place a community economic development executive in the region. The executive will meet with municipal government and local service district advisory committees, industry groups, chambers of commerce and other local and regional stakeholders on a regular basis to discuss specific economic opportunities. The executive will support local and regional opportunities through their connections to appropriate provincial and federal government departments and agencies.

Recruitment for the position has begun, with an employee expected to be in place in January.

MEDIA CONTACT(S):

Carolyn McCormack, communications, Opportunities NB, 506-453-8168.