Jan. 23, 2010
BAS-CARAQUET (CNB) - The provincial government will encourage economic growth and new opportunities for northern New Brunswick through a three-year regional plan unveiled today by Premier Shawn Graham.
"The government's Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick identifies specific actions to stimulate the northern economy and seize opportunities to create jobs in the region," said Graham. "Economic growth is dependent upon the government making wise investments in highways, wireless communications, energy, ports, airports, railways and other public infrastructure."
Joining Graham were Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative, Bas-Caraquet Mayor Agnes Doiron and community and business leaders.
The plan urges governments at every level, private industry and community partners in northern New Brunswick to embrace a shared vision for growth.
"This action plan was developed through a community-style approach that harnessed the region's greatest resource, its people," said Arseneault.
Last July, Graham and Arseneault announced the development of the action plan in consultation with stakeholders including: communities; economic development organizations; the Conseil Économique du Nouveau-Brunswick; the New Brunswick Business Council; social organizations; Association francophone des municipalities du Nouveau-Brunswick; and other interest groups.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606, 506-476-1376 (cell), email@example.com.