Aug. 14, 2007
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham today announced a commitment to a new community action committee, and the appointment of personnel within Business New Brunswick to be tasked with Miramichi files. The premier also announced labour force expansion funding for Fatkat Animation Studios, and the addition of new seats for NBCC Miramichi.
"Today's commitment to a community action committee will help find a long-term sustainable action plan for economic diversification of the Miramichi region," Graham said. "Our government is committed to helping the Miramichi region rebound from recent mill closures, and we will continue to work with the community to find long-term solutions and opportunities."
The premier was joined at the announcement by Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran; Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne; Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty, and Miramichi Bay-du-Vin MLA Bill Fraser.
The premier announced that Jamie Campbell would be a Seek and Find Officer, dedicated to the Miramichi region to work with existing businesses, and to find new business opportunities for the region. Business New Brunswick has also appointed Gary Jochelman, senior executive director, within Business New Brunswick to oversee Miramichi files.
"I am pleased that the government has found a way to help the former workers, their families and the community of Miramichi as they deal with the recent mill closures," Foran said. "By offering these former workers a way to find new employment opportunities, we are demonstrating our commitment to the people of Miramichi."
The premier also announced $370,000 in labour force expansion funding for Fatkat Animation Studios for the creation of 35 new jobs. He also announced an investment of $151,000 in the Miramichi campus of the New Brunswick Community College network to provide eight new seats for carpentry and 14 new seats for welding training.
In addition, Fatkat Animation Studios recently received four New Brunswick Film Tax Credits for its work on recent productions. The cost of the four productions was $2,029,210, and Fatkat Animation Studios received a total tax credit of $405,842.
The Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour has contributed to the establishment of a storefront operation in collaboration with the companies and respective unions in the Miramichi to provide a variety of services to the workers and families affected by the mill closure. In addition, Graham announced $160,000 in initial funding for the community action committee.
"These announcements are a demonstration of our government's commitment to economic development, education and the Miramichi region," the premier said. "Continuing to make strategic investments and cultivating partnerships will help us achieve our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-André Bolduc, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694.