Thursday, December 21, 2017

City of Prince Rupert joins regional partners as part of workforce attraction project

Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
are working together on a workforce attraction plan for the New Year

The search is on for a consultant to work on a research based marketing plan to attract residents and workforce participants to the communities of the Northwest,

As part of the project, The City of Prince Rupert has joined Terrace, Kitimat and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine in funding of the workforce attraction plan, with the quartet of communities seeking out the consultant through the BC Bid process.

The estimated cost of the project is stated as 10,000 dollars and the four communities are looking at six key elements to be included as part of the finished document, they include:

An overview of current economic and demographic status in Northwest BC communities and rationale for action

Strategic Analysis of Northwest BC communities

Identified Target Markets and marketing Goals and Objectives

Specific, Actionable Marketing Strategies to Attract Target Markets

Costing for the Strategies, Tools and Tactics, with a range of options to be provided

And Suggested Next Steps for the communities to consider 

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is the contact office for those with an interest in submitting to the request for quotation.

Documentation should be directed to Deklan Corstanje, Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, 300-4545 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace BC V8G 4E1

The Deadline for submissions is January 2nd at 4:30 PM.

Should they find a proposal that they like, indications are that they will make for a quick launch to the project with an anticipated Start date of January 9, 2018 with the plan to be delivered by February 28th.

You can review the full background to the proposal from the BC Bid Site, it's RFQ 2017-ED listed under the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine.

Prince Rupert Council first explored the concept of a regional plan for the workforce attraction initiative during their May 8th Council session, you can review some of their themes on the proposed project as part of our Council Timeline for that period listed at the 1 hour mark.

For the most part, Council members were supportive of the concept, but some had concerns about what the plan was designed to do and expressed the belief that the City should also be exploring and approaching other agencies to bring more training opportunities to the area for people who already live in the community.

We explored some of their opinions on the topic with our blog item of May 15th.

To listen in to the range of opinions from May, you can view the City Council Video Archive for that session below, with Corinne Bomben, the City's Financial Officer providing a report to open the discussion for the Council members at the one hour point.

For more items related to City Council discussion topics see our Council archive page here.

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