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Mineral Exploration Boosted In Northwest

Published by the Terrace Standard – view article online Published: December 16, 2008 6:00 AM Increased mineral exploration in the Terrace area is the hope following the release yesterday of a re-analysis of stream sediment samples first taken 30 years ago. Updated techniques applied to the 2,128 samples taken by the federal and provincial governments in 1978 now indicate a higher likelihood of mineral presence than first thought. THERE COULD be gold in them thar hills around Terrace thanks to …

December 18,2008 | Read More »

Allterra Job Creation Featured by the Terrace Standard

By Kat Lee – Terrace Standard A local businessman is building on contacts made in China to import granite to the northwest. Scott Walter, a key principal in award-winning Scotech Systems, which has developed a vacuum hose system being manufactured in China, says his new venture, Allterra Wholesale Distributing Ltd., can bring in granite at a cheaper price than is the case with other suppliers. Along with partner Neilsen Thomas, Walter has set up shop in a warehouse here [Terrace, …

December 18,2008 | Read More »

Terrace Manufacturer Creates New Jobs with Support of Northern Development

Northern Development is pleased to announce that Allterra Wholesale Distributing Ltd., a kitchen cabinet and granite manufacturing company in Terrace has been approved under Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training Rebate program. Northern Development CEO, Janine North is joined by members of the Northwest Regional Advisory Committee to present the Allterra owners, Scott Walker and Neilsen Thomas, with a letter of approval for Allterra’s application to the Capital Investment and Training Rebate program. Allterra is the first business in the …

December 15,2008 | Read More »

Business In Vancouver Profiles Northern Development’s Business Incentives

Business in Vancouver December 9-15, 2008; issue 998 visit Business in Vancouver online New Regional Trust Offering Incentives to Lure Companies to Province’s North Capital and training costs rebated by up to $10,000 per job created Metro Vancouver businesses should consider the competitive and financial advantages on offer in central and northern B.C. during tough economic times, according to the head of Northern Development Initiative Trust. The independent regional economic development corporation’s new $30 million Northern BC Business Advantage program …

December 11,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Rebate Spurs New Job Creation by Del-Tech Manufacturing

(Northern Development) has approved rebates which supports over $23.7 million in capital investment and training by expanding manufacturing businesses that are creating up to 306 new jobs in central and northern BC over the next two years. Northern Development is pleased to announce that Del-Tech Manufacturing Inc., a member of The BID Group, has been approved under Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training Rebate Program. Keith Spencer and Ben Crooks of Del-Tech Manufacturing are joined by a number of their …

December 10,2008 | Read More »

Prince George To Host Northern Economic Summit

On January 22-23, 2009, join Premier Gordon Campbell in Prince George as he brings together business, community and government leaders to highlight the choices, challenges and potential opportunities of the North, reinforcing its critical importance to all of British Columbia. This interactive summit, featuring prominent national and international speakers and BC cabinet ministers, will explore the options and opportunities related to a wide range of issues, including the state of the global economy, job-creating green technoloies, transportation, productivity and labour …

December 10,2008 | Read More »

Provincial Biofuel $10 Million Grant Fund Deadline Approaching January 7, 2009

The November 28th, 2008 announcement that the Province of BC will invest $10 million to support the production of liquid biofuels with demonstrated low greenhouse gas emissions strongly complements the Northern BC Business Advantage offered by the (Northern Development). Northern Development is an independent regional economic development corporation for central and northern BC that was initiated in 2004 by the provincial government to foster local decision making around economic diversification. About the Call for Applications for Liquid Fuels from Biomass …

December 05,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Provides Measurable Economic Benefits to Every Community in Central and Northern Rural British Columbia

Prince George, BC – today announced an update on project investments in central and northern BC and has shared community and business feedback received on a number of successful rural and regional economic development initiatives the organization has directly supported. Established in 2004, Northern Development operates independently from government and is governed by a board of thirteen community and business leaders. This close collaboration of central and northern leadership enables the organization to work proactively and responsively on regional development …

December 02,2008 | Read More »

Development Bank Strives to Make Business in the North Thrive

By Jennifer McIntosh – Houston Today Published: November 26, 2008 5:00 am View article on the Houston Today website Wendy Rockafellow, consultant manager for the Business Development Bank of Canada, said the (Northern Development) is a great opportunity for businesses in manufacturing at a Chamber Luncheon in Houston on Wednesday. Since its inception, 18 projects have been completed under Northern Development’s Competitiveness Consulting Rebate, with three under way in Smithers and five in Prince George. “They pay up to 50 …

November 28,2008 | Read More »

Business Input Sought on Economic Growth Opportunities If Highway 97 Rail and Bridge Clearances are Upgraded

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced today they are seeking business input into a comprehensive study focused on the business case for economic growth and diversification over the next 15 years if eight low clearance overhead railway crossings and the Salmon River and Parsnip bridges located between Quesnel and Dawson Creek on Highway 97 are upgraded to current standards.  The eight structures currently have a minimum clearance of …

November 18,2008 | Read More »

UNBC Terahertz Radiation Research in OSB Production Supported by Northern Development’s Pine Beetle Recovery Account

Leading-edge technology is being developed in Prince George which could save the oriented strand board (OSB) industry millions of dollars per year. UNBC researcher Matt Reid is working with Del-Tech Manufacturing to test the feasibility of using terahertz radiation to improve quality control and reduce raw material input in OSB production. The Northern Development Initiative Trust provided UNBC $200,000 to purchase critical equipment to test the groundbreaking concept. “This is the fastest terahertz imaging system in Canada right now. With …

November 14,2008 | Read More »

Terrace Sportsplex to Officially Open

By Kat Lee – Terrace Standard Published: November 04, 2008 11:00 PM view article on the Terrace Standard website After years of lobbying, referendums, and planning for a multi-faceted facility in the community, the city will be celebrating the sportsplex’s official grand opening Nov. 7. The day will start out with city councillors flipping pancakes for staff and contractors who worked on the project followed by the chance for a free swim and skate for all school kids during the …

November 05,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Funds Energy Services BC Oil and Gas Business Development Initiative

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) announced today a $206,250 grant to Energy Services BC to fund their Business Development Initiative.  This new initiative by Energy Services BC will help British Columbia businesses tap into the lucrative oil and gas sector. Project Manager Scott Gordon said currently many energy explorers and producers rely heavily on Alberta based companies to provide services and supplies to their BC operations.  The goal is to change this situation.  “The size …

October 31,2008 | Read More »

New Business Incentives Featured in the Prince George Citizen

Written by MARK NIELSEN Citizen staff    Thursday, 23 October 2008 view article on the Prince George Citizen website Northern Development is offering businesses up to $10,000 for each new job they create in central and northern B.C. under a new rebate program that’s the first of its kind in Canada, according to economic development manager Brodie Guy. The first cheque is yet to be sent out — the program was launched at the start of the month — but by …

October 24,2008 | Read More »

Innovative Clean Energy Fund – Now Accepting Proposals

The Province will provide a further $25 million to develop innovative, clean energy projects in British Columbia’s rural communities through the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. The Province is now accepting proposals for innovative, clean energy projects in British Columbia’s rural communities. View the provincial government’s news release. (PDF – 19KB) Eligible proposals are welcome from anywhere in British Columbia, but the projects must be situated within the Northern Development Initiative Trust Region, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust Region, …

October 23,2008 | Read More »

Mayor Saugstad Interviewed on Highway 97 Overpass Economic Impacts

Chetwynd Mayor Evan Saugstad, Chair of Northern Development’s Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, was interviewed by CJDC News regarding the economic development impacts of overpasses on Highway 97 north of the Pine Pass. Transportation study in works for Pine Pass Written by Citizen staff    Friday, 17 October 2008 View this article on the Prince George Citizen website The Ministry of Transportation is in the process of commissioning a study to look at improvements to Highway 97 north at the Pine Pass. …

October 23,2008 | Read More »

Provincial Rural Internet Connectivity Grant Application Deadline Approaching

Northern Development recognizes that broadband internet connectivity is a strategically important economic development driver for our region, particularly for rural and remote communities in central and northern BC.  We encourage all communities, non-profits, and businesses within the region seeking Provincial funding support for infrastructure required to deliver internet connectivity to homes and businesses in rural and remote areas to apply to the recently announced Connecting Citizens Grant Program. The application deadline is November 7, 2008. About the Network BC Connecting …

October 17,2008 | Read More »

Fort St. James Looks For Big Impacts from Community Funding

Prince George, BC – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced funding today for three projects totalling $120,000 for the community of Fort St. James. The three projects will expand the town’s tourism appeal and recreational opportunities, and provide new training opportunities in industrial catering and culinary arts. Mayor Rob MacDougall announces funding for a number of exciting community economic development projects in the Fort St. James area Embracing Our Roots is an initiative by the Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce …

October 01,2008 | Read More »

Northern BC Business Advantage Program Featured on CBC Radio – BC Almanac

Northern Development’s new business incentive program for central and northern British Columbia was featured on BC Almanac, hosted by Mark Forsyth, on CBC Radio 1 this afternoon.  Mark Forsyth provides an overview of the Northern BC Business Advantage program and interviews Janine North, Chief Executive Office of Northern Development regarding the new program and how business can access the new incentive to support job creation and economic development within the region. Download the BC Almanac Interview (2.0 mb MP3) To …

September 30,2008 | Read More »

New $30 Million Business Incentive Program to Attract Business to Central and Northern BC

New program by Northern Development Initiative Trust improves businesses’ bottom line by up to $10,000 per new job created based on direct capital investment and training expenditures Program lowers the cost of implementing productivity increasing capital equipment Program offers the flexibility to cover any combination of training provider costs and/or on the job training costs for new employees Program funds are directly paid to the business based on performance Prince George, BC –  Northern British Columbia’s business advantages are being …

September 29,2008 | Read More »

CBC Radio 1 interviews CEO Janine North regarding Northwest Power Line Study

Northern Development CEO, Janine North, was interviewed by CBC Radio 1 regarding the release of the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Report on the Electrification of the Highway 37 Corridor. Janine discusses the report that projects electrifying Highway 37 could directly trigger up to 10 mines, 10,700 jobs, $15 billion in investment and potentially up to $300 million in annual tax revenues in the region. Download CBC Radio 1 interview (2.7 mb MP3) Concurrent with the release of the Report, …

September 26,2008 | Read More »

Coalition Applauds Announcement on Northwest Power Line

PENTICTON — The Northwest Power Line Coalition reacted positively to news that the provincial government will proceed with the Environmental Assessment process and First Nations consultation for a northwest power line along the Highway 37 corridor. "We are pleased that the provincial government has taken this important step forward in the potential development of a northwest power line," said Janine North, CEO of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. "The economic activity that could be generated by a power line includes …

September 26,2008 | Read More »

Report on the Electrification of the Highway 37 Corridor Now Available

Power line along Highway 37 could create 10,700 jobs Potential for $15 billion in capital investment Improves access to clean electricity sources Potential benefits include more than $300 million in annual tax revenues to governments Vancouver – According to a new report by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC), building a power line along Highway 37 in northwest B.C. has the potential to create thousands of jobs, generate new sources of clean power and provide additional revenues to government …

September 26,2008 | Read More »

Over $1 Million Invested in Vanderhoof’s Economic Diversification

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Sept. 5, 2008 – If you build it, they will come. That’s the strategy behind four Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) funding announcements aimed at promoting sport and tourism in Vanderhoof. Vanderhoof’s field of dreams is a premier playing field with a six?lane running track and stadium seating. On Sept. 4, Northern Development announced $336,000 toward the first phase of the development at Nechako Valley Secondary School. "It will be able to host …

September 09,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Funds Ashcroft’s Kickstarting Tourism Project

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — June 27, 2008 — Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today grant funding provided to the Village of Ashcroft for heritage promotion, downtown revitalization, and community marketing. Mayor Andy Anderson stated, “We are very pleased to receive this funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust to deliver on projects that have been planned through a multi-year community development process that brought together a wide range of our residents to work on shared priority initiatives.” Northern …

June 28,2008 | Read More »

2007 Annual Report Now Available

Northern Development’s 2007 Annual Report is now available for download in PDF file format. The 2007 Annual Report outlines the funding disbursements, approved projects, measured economic performance indicators, and audited financial statements for Northern Developments for the year 2007. Download the 2007 Annual Report To view previous annual reports, please visit the Annual Report page of our website.

June 27,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Announces Pine Beetle Funding for Valemount

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — June 24, 2008 — Northern Development announced today $300,000 in grant funding through its Pine Beetle Recovery Program provided to the Village of Valemount for a downtown revitalization project that will restructure and revive its main commercial street in order to attract new investment and property development.  Mayor Jeanette Townsend stated, “This project is a cornerstone in Valemount’s efforts to further diversify its economy by investing in tourism related initiatives. We are appreciative of …

June 25,2008 | Read More »

Launch of the QUEST West Mountain Pine Beetle Geoscience Project

Burns Lake – June 19, 2008 – Geoscience BC is pleased to announce the launch of the QUEST West Mountain Pine Beetle Geoscience Project, in partnership with the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, the Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Trust) and the BC Geological Survey of the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources. Geoscience BC’s Board has approved $4.5 Million worth of new airborne geophysical surveys, ground geochemical surveys and geoscience data compilation, analysis and distribution for the QUEST West …

June 20,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Announces $3.7 Million In New Project Funding

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — June 10, 2008 — Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today new economic development funding for central and northern British Columbia in excess of $3.7 million. “The communities of central and northern British Columbia are facing challenges, but also see a number of opportunities to diversify or develop their economies,” stated Trust Chair, Bruce Sutherland.  “The Trust is very pleased to be announcing a new round of funding that will support the economic development work …

June 11,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Announces Appointment of Board Members

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — May 27, 2008 — Chair Bruce Sutherland announced today the appointment of two new members, and the re-appointment of two current members, to the Board of Directors of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. Northern Development is managed by a board of thirteen directors of which eight are elected officials and five are business leaders appointed by the Government of British Columbia.  The new Provincial board member appointees include Michael John Tarr of Prince Rupert …

May 28,2008 | Read More »

Northern Development Supports the Northwest Power Line Study

The Mining Association together with the Northern Development Initiative Trust today confirmed that a study has been commissioned looking into the economic viability of the Northwest Power Line along Highway 37 in north western British Columbia. “There is a strong and growing consensus among community leaders in the Northwest about the long term need and benefit of a power line along highway 37,” said Mining Association of British Columbia Chairman Pierre Lebel.  “Documenting the presence of existing and potential development …

March 29,2008 | Read More »