ICBA to Work With North East
l-r Colin Griffith , Executive Director NEBC Municipal Resource Coalition , ICBA’s Mike Davis, FSJ Mayor Lori Ackerman, and Dist. of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser
Prince George, B.C.- The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association has become an Associate member of the North East BC Regional Municipalities Coalition.
It is the first time the Coalition has brought an Associate member on board.
“The Coalition is a group we’ve meeting with and having discussions with since last March” says ICBA’s Vice President for Regional Initiatives Mike Davis. He says the Coalition is advocating for responsible resource development in their respective communities “It’s an area that we have been interested in expanding in” says Davis, who adds the Coalition and the ICBA share common concerns and issues.
“They really understand the issues in the North East, and we bring the Provincial approach, so both groups think we can learn a lot from each other.”
He says ICBA can offer support to the efforts in the North East to tackle some issues “We’re doing what we can in the way of advocating and growing our support provincially, outside of that, we look at things between the two groups around training, around looking at what’s next for industry. It’s a good group of people that are interested in seeing things advance.” That fits well with the ICBA’s “Get it to Yes” campaign that advocates moving resource development projects forward.
He says current issues in the North East include taxation between B.C. and Alberta, dropping employment numbers and increasing commercial vacancies “Really , getting people to work and contiruting to their communities is what we’re hearing and we’re really listening right now to learn more about what’s happening in these communities” says Davis.