Wednesday, September 27, 2023

North to Alaska ... Mayor Pond, Civic Delegation spent some time in Ketchikan this week to reconnect with northern neighbours

Mayor Herb Pond and his travelling party from their recent
travels to Ketchikan for a number of meetings with officials from the
Gateway to Alaska city
(Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce photo)

Just back from a week at the UBCM convention last week, Mayor Herb Pond and a delegation from Prince Rupert  picked up some fresh clothes and quickly pivoted to head north, the travel party taking part in a Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce event this week.

The Mayor made note of the trip on his social media stream yesterday, though with little in the way of details other than to note it was a whirlwind visit  for the Prince Rupert delegation.

Included on the travel roster from City Hall with Mr. Pond on the trip north was City Manager Rob Buchan, Director of Operations and Intergovernmental Relations Richard Pucci and the Director of Economic Development and Transportation Paul Venditelli. 

A representative from the Prince Rupert Port Authority was also part of the gathering in Ketchikan this week.

Officials with the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce have helped to fill in some of the agenda for the travelling party, providing some updates on the gatherings over the last few days.

So far, there have been no further updates from Mayor Pond as to the scope of the discussions and what Prince Rupert officials may have taken away from their northern adventure.

The Mayor may offer an update through his social media stream or perhaps he may wait until the October 10th Council session where he may provide a more detailed review for the community of the September travels both north and south.

More notes on Civic themes can be reviewed from our Council Discussion archive here.

1 comment:

  1. So this is the second trip north for our Mayor this summer, he last visited Ketchikan in July.

    This reader finds it ironic that senior city representatives travel to Ketchikan, presumably looking to revive or boost a ferry service that in 2019, brought 9200 passengers and 5195 vehicles to/from Prince Rupert.

    Yet those same city representatives show little or no interest in the development or progress of Prince Rupert shore tourism excursions for the estimated 250 000 cruise ship tourists that Global Ports Holdings has forecasted to visit our community by ship over the next decade.

    AMS data -

    This trip should have been a Zoom call.