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REPORTING · 21st July 2011
Walter McFarlane
Trish Parsons of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce stepped up to address the Kitimat City Council on Monday, July 18th to deliver her annual report. She began her presentation by listing off the projects which the Chamber was currently working on.

“A few of the projects we are working on are the highway signs, the Raddley Park sign is partially completed, we started it three weeks ago. That will be finished in the next week. You may have noticed in the brochure, the Outdoor Adventure Travel Show, which took place in March. We co-oped with Hawk Air and Kermodei Tourism and on July 1st weekend, the gentleman who won the trip to visit Kitimat and Terrace for the weekend. We provided a nights accommodation here, Terrace provided a nights accommodation and a tour up in the Nass camp and it was their first time up North here,” said Parsons.
Three people came up and they had a great time despite the rain cancelling some of the events.

She showed them a front page / inside cover ad on the Hawk Air northern rout which was a co-op ad. They were looking forward to working with economic development.

Parsons also requested a grant to match $9,200 which came from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. She had presented the program to Council, for tourism planning, last Fall.

The grant money will go towards projects which are not currently covered by the Chamber’s funding. The first of these projects is an Airport Kiosk which will provide relevant information on Northwest BC, update the panels in Heritage park and update a billboard advertising Kitimat in Terrace.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know if Chamber Members were also contributing to these projects. Parsons replied they donate to a lot of projects such as the upkeep and renovation of the facilities, the work to the park is by donation. Their members buy advertising which offsets the cost of the tourism signs.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan complimented them on the upgrades to their facilities.

The request came up under reports much later in the meeting. Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to provide the matching funding.

“I’m sure the Administration will have no problem finding funding given the number of projects that have occurred with the lack of manpower and managing for some engineering projects,” said Feldhoff. The motion was called and carried.