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Proposed new model for a collaborative economic development agency will be voted on by regional Councils over the coming weeks

13-Jul-2020

Proposed new model for a collaborative economic development agency will be voted on by regional Councils over the coming weeks

If approved, the new ‘superagency’ would be one of the largest economic development organization east of Montreal

The Economic Advisory Council, established to support the development of a proposed Greater Saint John regional model for economic development, today announced that a proposal is ready for final deliberations. Over the next two weeks, Mayors and Councils across the Greater Saint John region will be presented with the new model that would see the transition of Discover Saint John, Develop Saint John, EDGSJ and the City of Saint John’s Population Growth service into a single, regional agency. The agency would work together to support a single vision of growth for the entire region – including the communities of Saint John, Grand Bay-Westfield, Rothesay, Quispamsis, St. Martins and Hampton.

Proposed to be funded by all of the municipalities and with the support of the private sector and other levels of government, the agency would take the lead on people attraction, industry development including tourism, economic infrastructure development, support for entrepreneurs as well as community promotion.

A review of the current economic development models began early in 2019 when the City of Saint John assembled the Advisory Council of business leaders and economic development stakeholders to advise on how best to maximize the value of the investment in economic development. For the past 18-months, the Advisory Council together with City staff, who have been actively involved in the creation of the proposal and supported by third-party consultants led by David Campbell with Jupia Consultants Inc., have engaged in extensive collaboration with Chief Administrative Officers and Councils from the Greater Saint John communities. The proposed model was built by the region, for the region, to deliver a more robust and competitive model for growth for Greater Saint John.. For Saint John, Growth Committee and Council updates have been held at regular milestones throughout this process.

At its next meeting on July 20, 2020, Saint John Common Council will vote on a staff recommendation of the proposed economic development framework after a presentation given by the Economic Advisory Council. The public can watch the meeting live on Rogers TV, or through the City’s YouTube channel, both availablehere.  

The Economic Advisory Council issued a news release on July 13, 2020, click here. For further information, visit the detailed Q&A prepared by the Advisory Council. 

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