As we outlined on the blog on Friday, The North Coast was represented by Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald, Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain and Barry Pages representing the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District at the gathering, bringing the North Coast perspective to the weekend gathering.
Among some of the key take aways following the conference were:
Attendance at Sessions where the group received expert briefings on projected provincial revenues from economic development in the Northwest over the next 25 years.
Identification of immediate community infrastructure needs
Discussion of possible revenue sharing frameworks
And the approval of the 2015/16 Action Plan for the Alliance.
During the information sessions, representatives of Perrin, Thorau and Associates outlined some financial projections for the Benefits Alliance members. Providing some background on the amount of revenue generation that the proposed projects for the region could deliver, noting that provincial revenues could be expected to generate some 35 billion dollars over the next twenty five years.
Adding that should the Alliance receive a 3 per cent revenue share of those revenues, the region would receive some 1 billion dollars to address pressing community needs.
“This is a historic and commendable process that the 21 Local Governments have been engaged in – we are excited and looking forward to coming up with a revenue sharing agreement with the provincial government to meet the needs of the Northwest ... We are looking forward to the province sitting down with the RBA and coming up with an agreement that is a win-win for everybody.” -- Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance Vice Chair Barry Pages
|Terrace Councillor Stacey Tyers|
was named Chair of the Northwest
BC Resource Benefits Alliance
during Saturday's conference
Named to the key executive positions over the weekend were:
Terrace councillor Stacey Tyers, representing the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine who was voted in as the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance Chair.
Bill Miller, from the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District and Barry Pages from Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District were named as Vice Chairs for the Organization as part of the Saturday conference.
You can review more background from the Saturday session from this information sheet from the NWBC Resource Benefits Alliance.