ICBA Keeps Up Push to ‘Get to Yes’
ICBA Senior Vice President Gordon Stewart addresses gathering – photo250News
Prince George, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Business Association continues its efforts to get major projects approved and started.
It’s been about a year since the ICBA opened an office in Prince George. “We’re getting a real excitement and energy in what we’re doing up here” said Gordon Stewart, Senior Vice President of ICBA as he opened the gathering of contractors, developers and businesses at the Northern Lights Winery last evening.
The ICBA has become very involved in pushing to have major projects approved. Stewart says the “Get to Yes” campaign was developed after hearing concerns from Association members “What our members have been telling us over the past couple of years is that they are getting really concerned that they hear about all of these projects that should be going ahead, and there is a real vocal minority that, to them, seems to be stalling these projects.”
Stewart didn’t mention any specific projects, but the most recent example is Pacific NorthWest LNG. It has been approved, but legal action has been launched to stop the project from going forward.
ICBA has been focused on raising the voices of those who support the projects “We are really trying to activate people who believe in responsible resource development and get them to get the word out about how they believe in that because the construction industry relies on that.”
ICBA Board Chair Rick Boates said the organization fully understands the North and Canada have a resource based economy “If the North isn’t working, if the resource industry is not doing well, we (BC) will not be strong and our industry will not be working.”
The evening was set up to offer a speed dating style event where contractors could connect with those who are looking for bids on projects.