Business New Brunswick

Regional members sought for Community Economic Development Agencies boards (09/03/27)

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March 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Business people are being sought to serve on the boards of all 15 regional Community Economic Development Agencies (CEDA) in New Brunswick.

"We are looking for visionary board members who can provide insight regarding emerging trends and business direction that can, or will, affect New Brunswick business," said Minister of Business New Brunswick Greg Byrne. "They should be experienced business owners and/or corporate executives who can work within their region to participate in the development of a new strategic plan that will move the province closer to self-sufficiency by 2026."

Each of the regional agencies has developed a unique mandate to identify the priorities of its specific region, and to co-ordinate economic development activities in its area. These actions help establish new small- to medium-sized businesses, and expand established companies.

The boards consists of 12 to 15 members who are appointed by the municipal, provincial and federal governments, who collectively fund the initiative. The Government of New Brunswick will select members for the boards' provincial seats.

"New Brunswickers from private industry and commerce have the opportunity to submit their names and to be considered for appointment," said Byrne. "Ideally, the board and its members strive for diversity and representation of key provincial industry sectors. We hope that an open appointment process will help make that a reality."

Selected members will serve a term of up to three years, mostly within the region in which they live.

Expressions of interest to serve will be received until April 9, 2009. They may be submitted by e-mail to bnb.nominations@gnb.ca, by regular mail to Business New Brunswick, Board Nominations, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, or faxed to 506-453-7282.

Further information on CEDA and the 15 regional enterprise agencies is available online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-471-5554, e-mail, ryan.donaghy@gnb.ca.

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