Heartland B.C. communities invite new investment with the launch of “Invest North Central BC”

September 18, 2012

New web portal features major projects, and key community information to link potential investors with opportunities in north central B.C.

North Central British Columbia – The communities of north central B.C. have joined forces to launch a ground breaking investment portal to attract new business opportunities to one of the province’s fastest growing regions.

As the geographic centre of B.C. and home to the province’s northern capital, north central B.C. has shed its ‘mill town’ reputation to become a sustainable, knowledge-based resource economy connected to the world. With a plethora of opportunities across a diverse array of sectors including bioenergy, tourism, manufacturing, mining and transportation, north central B.C. is poised to become one of Western Canada’s leading economic engines in the years ahead.

Invest North Central B.C. – www.investnorthcentralbc.ca – features an interactive map of key major projects throughout the region, including specific details about each investment opportunity. On top of that, the website also features comprehensive profiles of each community in the region, transportation infrastructure information, tax incentives and a list of key contacts – all designed to streamline communication between potential investors, industry and the communities they want to be in.

“The Invest in North Central B.C. web portal is an invaluable tool to promote the north central region of British Columbia,” stated City of Prince George Mayor Shari Green. “In conjunction with the other regional web portals, the Invest in North Central web portal effectively showcases the significant amount of economic investment taking place across northern B.C. In addition, the web portals build strong relationships between participating communities through the collaborative nature of these initiatives. I urge everyone, if they haven’t already, to take a look at the Invest in North Central web portal, and familiarize yourselves with the nature of economic activity taking place in your community – it truly is remarkable.”

Invest North Central B.C. is the second investment portal of its kind developed to showcase the incredible amount of economic activity underway across northern B.C., building on the success of Invest Northwest B.C., which was launched last fall. That web portal has already generated investment leads for communities along the province’s north coast region.

Invest North Central is a partnership between the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, the City of Prince George, the District of Vanderhoof, the Village of McBride, the Village of Valemount, the Village of Fraser Lake, the District of Fort St. James, the District of Mackenzie and Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Among the dozens of key major projects listed on the website is the $1.4 billion Mount Milligan copper-gold mine located between Mackenzie and Fort St. James, the $19 million Wood Innovation and Design Centre planned for downtown Prince George and the Robson Valley run-of-river hydroelectric projects near McBride.

Media Contact:

Joel McKay
Director, Communications
Northern Development Initiative Trust

Tel:  250-561-2824
Cell:  1-778-349-4027

About Northern Development

Northern Development Initiative Trust is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation throughout central and northern British Columbia.

For more information or to share your story about living and working in central and northern B.C., visit our website at http://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca.