"When the Olympic/Paralympic Live Sites program was announced in 2005, Valemount's Council had a dream and saw the opportunity. But it was only with the contributions of Northern Development and the Columbia Basin Trust that this dream became a reality."
Silvio Gislimberti Economic Development Officer Village of Valemount
Fraser Lake, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $171,394 grant to support upgrades to Fraser Lake’s airport, which will position the community to better capitalize on nearby resource industry and tourism opportunities. The upgrades include new signage, security fencing and a mobile trailer, which will be utilized as an office.
In only five years, Northern Development Initiative Trust’s internship programs have generated rewarding careers for two-dozen recent University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) graduates. The programs – a six-month Economic Development Internship and a 12-month Local Government Management Internship – have built capacity to strengthen communities throughout central and northern British Columbia, and have ensured that students who are educated in the north find lasting careers in the north. In 2013, Northern Development launched the Local Government Management Internship program …
Central and northern B.C. – Small Town Love has been officially unveiled with roaring success in six communities across the region. In July, Northern Development Initiative Trust partnered with the District of Logan Lake, the District of Fort St. James, the District of 100 Mile House, the District of Vanderhoof, the Village of Valemount and the Village of Burns Lake to deliver a unique marketing campaign that celebrates locally-owned independent businesses with an aim to strengthen their competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy.
Quesnel, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $244,815 grant to support a major apron expansion at the City of Quesnel’s airport. The current apron is 52,500 square feet and is one of the smallest certified airport aprons in B.C., which means it cannot accommodate multiple aircraft effectively. The city plans to expand the apron by an additional 22,500 square feet (a 42% increase in size), which will provide access to a new multi-use hangar.
Northern B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust, in partnership with communities throughout northern B.C., has launched the Supply Chain Connector – an online procurement database that allows major industry, communities and government to quickly locate northern B.C.-based businesses to help them build major projects.
Fort St. John, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors have approved a $250,000 grant to support significant parking lot upgrades at the North Peace Regional Airport. Higher demand at the airport in recent months, as well as the start of WestJet flights in the area, has pushed the parking lot beyond its current capacity.
Fort St. James, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors has approved a $250,000 grant to help the District of Fort St. James develop a multi-purpose community centre that will provide space for recreational, cultural and community activities.
Village of Queen Charlotte, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors have approved a $250,000 grant to support an expansion of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society’s (HGHES) programs. HGHES is an enterprising non-profit organization committed to delivering community-based natural resource programs to university students.
Smithers, B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust’s board of directors in July approved a $250,000 grant to support the development of a new arena in the Town of Smithers. The recreation facility, which has been in planning stages for two decades, will cost approximately $4.7 million to build.
Central and northern B.C. – Six communities throughout central and northern British Columbia have partnered with Northern Development Initiative Trust to deliver buy-local campaigns to strengthen local businesses, local competitiveness and keep more dollars in the local economy. The six communities included in the pilot program are the District of Logan Lake, the District of Fort St. James, the District of 100 Mile House, the District of Vanderhoof, the Village of Valemount and the Village of Burns Lake. Each of the six communities has a population of less than 5,000 residents.
Central and northern B.C. – Communities throughout the region have leapt at the chance to take advantage of Northern Development Initiative Trust’s new Business Façade Improvement program. The program, which was launched earlier this year, provides up to $20,000 annually to municipalities and regional districts throughout the Trust’s service area in central and northern B.C.
Cameron Orr of Kitimat, B.C. has won Northern Development’s photo contest, following dozens of submissions from photographers across northern B.C. The photo featured Cameron’s son James, eight months old at the time of the photo, enjoying his first swim at Kitimat’s Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre. The contest required photographers to submit a photo of someone making use of a project that Northern Development helped fund. In 2007, the Trust provided a $30,000 grant and a $1.6 million loan to the …
What’s news in the North this month? Gold panning in Barkerville, First Nations career training and a unique culinary program on Haida Gwaii are just some of our top stories from communities across northern B.C. in this month’s edition of Building a Stronger North – in print and online! May marks the launch of the digital edition of our Building a Stronger North newsletter, which allows us to share more stories more often about the people and places across northern …
Mountain biking in the Cariboo, connecting through technology and the revival of the District of Kitimat are some of our top stories from communities across northern British Columbia in the latest edition of Building a Stronger North.
Supply chain financing program provides just in time cash for local businesses looking to expand alongside major industrial projects February 20, 2013 Prince George, B.C. – Amid a wave of major new projects proposed across central and northern B.C., Northern Development Initiative Trust has teamed up with National Bank of Canada to provide a new source of financing that will help small and medium-sized businesses in the region grow alongside the economy and create new jobs. In partnership with the …
Fourth regional investment website features major projects and key community information to make it easier for businesses to get in touch with communities in B.C.’s interior. Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast – A new regional investment attraction website, Invest Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast BC, has been launched to promote the exciting investment opportunities in British Columbia’s central interior and coast. Invest Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast BC is an interactive website that showcases where the best investment opportunities and major projects are located in this stunning region of …
A web portal designed to attract global investment to northwest B.C. won major accolades at the annual Northern B.C. Business and Technology awards gala in Prince George January 9.
Invest in Northwest BC, a regional investment website developed in partnership with communities throughout northwest B.C., earned two nominations at the event and took home the ‘Technology Provider of the Year’ award. The site was also nominated in the ‘Technology and Industry Newsmaker of the Year’ award category. The website, which Northern Development Initiative Trust spearheaded on behalf of northwest communities, was launched last spring to wide acclaim from the business community throughout the province. Since then, it has promoted investment opportunities in municipalities such as Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, Queen Charlotte and others, and helped connect potential investors with economic development officers throughout the region.
Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us Thursday, January 24, 2013 for an informative lunch with the Honourable James Moore, Federal Minister Responsible for British Columbia, as he discusses priorities for the Government of Canada for 2013 and looks toward the upcoming federal budget.