November 18

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 …

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November 14

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 …

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November 05

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 …

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October 31

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 …

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October 24

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 …

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October 23

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, …

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Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust