The Chair of the Northern Economic Development Strategy Task Force was in Flin Flon Friday. Chuck Davidson says he’s listening to people in the north as part of the Look North planning process and met with the local Chamber of Commerce and their President Dianne Russell who is the local rep on the Task Force as well as Mayor and Council but he says most importantly high school students because that is who this plan is for. He explains fixing all of the issues of northern economic development are not going to be done in a paper that they put out in two months and solve all the problems within six month. He says this is going to be a generational issue so they need to start looking in terms of what are the long term issues that they need to understand for northern Manitoba and that’s why he’s interested in talking to high school students in terms of what do they see as the potential for the north in terms of what kind to education do they need and what kind of opportunities do they see from business.
Davidson adds public summits will take place in early April in The Pas, Thompson and Churchill to gain more input from area residents to develop ways of promoting the great things we offer in the north. You can provide input by going to the Look North link on the Manitoba government website.