FREDERICTON, N.B. – Twelve new economic development offices will open their doors on Tuesday, April 2, to provide quick and easy access to provincial funding programs.
“Our new offices will see staff in the regions working with small-and-medium-sized businesses to pursue strategic opportunities to help rebuild New Brunswick's economy,” said Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud. “This new approach will allow entrepreneurs quick and efficient access to funding programs as we decentralize decision-making for programs and funding for small-and-medium-sized businesses.”
The Department of Economic Development is opening five district (Bathurst, Dieppe, Edmundston, Fredericton and Saint John) and seven satellite (Bouctouche, Campbellton, Miramichi, Shippagan, St. Stephen, Sussex and Woodstock) offices throughout New Brunswick.
Each district office will be staffed with a director, a planning co-ordinator and economic development officers with administrative support. An economic development officer will work in satellite offices.
“The model will reduce duplication and integrate the efforts of all partners to help ensure better economic outcomes, more efficient investments and a rebuilding of New Brunswick's economy,” said Robichaud.
The offices will support economic development activities pertaining to the recently-launched provincial export strategy Growing Global Markets: Ten actions to create a wealthier New Brunswick through exports, and work to grow the province's economy in six specific sectors:
● information and communications technology;
● industrial fabrication;
● aerospace and defence;
● value-added wood; and
● value-added food.
The district office locations are:
● Bathurst: Suite 400, 275 Main St.;
● Dieppe : Suite 330, 200 Champlain St.;
● Edmundston: Suite 407, 121 Église St.;
● Fredericton: 5th Floor, 670 King St.; and
● Saint John: 40 King St.
In addition to the districts and offices being created, 12 advisory councils will be announced in May. The councils will provide advice to the provincial government about community, economic and business needs for their respective regions. Each advisory council will consist of members from the private sector, supported by one of the five district planning co-ordinators, the district directors, and each of the regional service commissions.