Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Presents Brief to City Council
28 April 2014 - For Immediate Release
(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce presented its annual municipal brief to Fredericton City Council on Monday, April 28 2014 at the regular council meeting.
Paul Simmonds (Robert Simmonds Clothing) and Doug Williams (Kingstreet Alehouse and Brewbakers), members of the chamber’s board of directors and co-chairs of the Municipal Government Affairs Committee made the presentation.
The brief emphasized the chamber’s excellent working relationship with the City and highlighted items for consideration in three main areas: economic development, infrastructure, and zoning/permitting.
“The brief’s economic development section covers quite a few areas, which is probably not surprising for a chamber of commerce,” stated Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “Overall, we think the City is doing a good job of listening to the business community and responding to its needs. We have indicated a few areas where we think the focus needs to be over the next few years, including the continued sustainability of Ignite Fredericton.”
To enhance comments on infrastructure, the chamber surveyed its membership and the community earlier this year.
“In our survey, we framed each potential infrastructure project as how it is, or can be, an economic driver for the community,” added Williams. “In this regard it was pretty clear that expanding the infrastructure and services for the Fredericton International Airport was the top priority for survey respondents.”
To prepare the zoning/permitting section, the chamber engaged a number of knowledgeable stakeholders in the research phase for the brief.
“The message we received from stakeholders regarding zoning and permitting was that City staff are excellent to work with to get projects up and running,” said Simmonds. “Contractors and developers are quite happy with the service received in the city. On every project there are issues that need to be worked out, but this uncertainty is generally understood to be necessary – there are no set of rules that can be applied across the board.”
The brief contains some recommendations for consideration in each of the three sections.
With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.
Contact: Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006