REPORTING · 16th November 2010
The Second Question after the break wanted to know what could be done to attract more businesses to Kitimat.
Debbie Rauhanen said the community and the Council needed to work together. Kitimat has a lot to offer small businesses and she could not understand why they were not coming in. She stated Sand Hill Materials had been trying to come to Kitimat for 10 years and she was not certain how to resolve this. She suggested people needed to work together with their government and their Council.
Edwin Empinado suggested Kitimat needed to change its attitude. The attitude towards Council and not be restrictors or inspectors. “We should change our attitude to become a facilitating community.”
Michelle deLisser stated the community must be open minded and committed to welcome businesses and new families. She stated the community needs to show businesses the community can work together to achieve success.
Linda Campbell said in her past on Council, she has always done economic development and has showed other communities what Kitimat has to offer as a deep sea port. She said Kitimat LNG was coming here because they know what we have and they know this because of the hard work by Mayor and Council. If there was no land or dock access, the industries could not come. Kitimat needs to show both the provincial Government and Ottawa that Kitimat had a deep sea port which could be used. The Council was willing to bring industry here and if they cannot bring the big industry, then work for the smaller industry.
Corinne Scott agreed with Campbell. She has learned that LNG has been looking at Kitimat since 1998 and the District has links with trade and commerce and there are many inquiries every year but economic development and promotion is difficult because it could take years for development. They have to keep letting people know Kitimat is here and is open for business. She said there were four federal ministers in Kitimat this year who are aware of this BC port.
Mary Murphy said Kitimat had huge assets and natural resources and they have to keep communicate with the government on all levels on using resources in Kitimat to create jobs. She said there were committees, community members and Council working on this.