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NEWS RELEASE · 26th November 2013
SNCIRE, a regional non-profit focused on the long-term prosperity of Northwest BC, must raise $200,000 by January 31, 2014 to keep its doors open.

“SNCIRE has been project-funded since we started almost five years ago,” says Executive Director Rick Brouwer. “We’ve managed to make headway on lots of great ideas and strategies to diversify Northwest BC’s economy, but to be more effective and move projects further ahead, we need core funding.”

Over the next two months, SNCIRE is asking members, partners, businesses, government and others to sponsor the organization.

Sponsorship money would go towards projects dedicated to building a vibrant, resilient and sustainable natural resource economy in Northwest BC.

Current piority projects include investigating the creation of a collaborative body to support regional decision making; and developing an Innovation Centre where entrepreneurs and innovators can work together to test and brainstorm prototypes.

"Our region’s history has been boom and bust," says Brouwer. "Even if projects currently proposed for the area go ahead, locals will need work again after the construction phase. Unless we take action now, in a couple of years, we’ll either be trying to survive another bust or our region will be reeling from uncontrolled growth."

“Lots of people see the economy booming and conclude the region will keep thriving, but there will be an end to this investment,” says Brad Pollard, Chair of SNCIRE’s Board of Directors. “We must seize the opportunity now, while attention is on the region and money is flowing. We need to plan and strategize now so we can maintain, maybe even improve, the health and vibrancy of our communities, and the lifestyles that keep us here.”

Known for strategic, out-of-the-box thinking, SNCIRE was formed in 2009 to be a catalyst for transformational change in forest-dependent communities in Northwest BC.
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 26th November 2013
Whatever happened to the bio coap facility they were taking credit in bringing here?