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Every month, the Economic Development division at the City of Prince George tracks economic indicators to better understand the business climate in Prince George. Data included in the monthly analysis covers several areas, including employment rates and numbers, real estate developments and transactions, building permit values, business license applications, and airport passenger statistics.


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By: Hanna Petersen


Prince George’s The Exploration Place is receiving national attention for its exhibits, this time as part of a TV series called Dino Trails.


The show, now on Amazon Prime Video, focuses on the newest discoveries of dinosaurs and fossils in B.C. and Alberta — and the tourism that results from them.


The northern B.C. episode features both The Exploration Place and the Six Peaks Dinosaur Track Site near Hudson’s Hope.


“We came to Prince George to film the dinosaur tracks that are on display and in the collections of Exploration Place. The dinosaur footprints exhibit is fascinating and easy for all ages to understand and enjoy,” says Brandy Yanchyk, the series creator, in a press release.


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Reports show building permits are already at their highest levels ever and there’s still a long list of projects awaiting approval or scheduled to be built. Two recently published forecasts – one by the city and another by the Conference Board of Canada – indicate that the growth will continue despite a slump in forestry.


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https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/news/economic/2020/01/prince-george-building-boom-reaches-record-levels


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Focusing on growing and attracting businesses within five target sectors:
  1.  Forestry, Wood Products, and Bio Products
  2. Transportation, Warehousing, and E-Commerce
  3. Manufacturing: Machinery, Chemical, and Food
  4. Professional Services: Engineering, Environmental Services, and Resource Management
  5. Construction: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and General Contractors

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It’s no secret that Prince George quickly becomes a second home for those who venture to the city a career, meeting new people and claiming a northern family.


In the case of Nolan Blasko, he left the comforts of Stouffville, Ont. to take an account executive position with the Prince George Cougars this past summer and has since established the organization and fellow colleagues as his new family.


When he was tasked to finding a sponsor for the 2019-20 season’s Family Day game, he said CN Rail made the most sense as the company’s name is stamped to the arena.


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Every month, the Economic Development division at the City of Prince George tracks economic indicators to better understand the business climate in Prince George. Data included in the monthly analysis covers several areas, including employment rates and numbers, real estate developments and transactions, building permit values, business license applications, and airport passenger statistics.
 
Information is gathered from a variety of sources, including Statistics Canada, the BC Northern Real Estate Board, the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, the City of Prince George, and the Prince George Airport Authority.  


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Norm Coyne hopes to lay down that stronger foundation for young aspiring filmmakers in Prince George and across northern B.C. as he and his UNLTD Media and Events team have unveiled the Great Northern International Film Festival (GNIFF).

The four-day event set for September next year will showcase local, regional and international artists’ work with over 100 films expected to play on the silver-screen in an Oscars-style setting.

Coyne is confident this festival, which has been in the works for the past two years, has the potential to bring unseen movie-making skills in Prince George into the spotlight and encourage youth to network with industry professionals.

“For me, I’m like, I just want to make sure I’m doing whatever I can and accessing the youth is a great way to do that,” said Coyne when PrinceGeorgeMatters asked the question. 


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Every month, the Economic Development division at the City of Prince George tracks economic indicators to better understand the business climate in Prince George. Data included in the monthly analysis covers several areas, including employment rates and numbers, real estate developments and transactions, building permit values, business license applications, and airport passenger statistics.


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One year ago, the partners behind LNG Canada formally sanctioned the $40-billion project.

Today, roughly 1,000 workers are on site in Kitimat — about half of them from the Kitimat-Terrace area — and that’s just to set the stage for the main construction phase, which isn’t expected to start for another couple of years.


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Prince George has been ranked one of the top two cities in the west to place Canadian property investments over the next year by Western Investor magazine.

While Kelowna topped the list, B.C.’s northern capital earned second place out of five on the Western Investor’s list of 2020 best western Canadian investment towns.

Western Investor stated Prince George is forecast to see GDP growth of 1.5 per cent this year and 1.7 per cent in 2020, according to the Conference Board of Canada, which featured the city as among selected mid-size cities for best economic growth this year.

“Thanks to a healthy real estate market, finance, insurance, and real estate will be Prince George’s fastest-growing industry over this year and next, the board contends. This sector is forecast to expand by 2.6 per cent this year and 2.7 per cent in 2020,” writes Frank O’Brien in Western Investor.


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The Conference Board of Canada findings:


Key findings • After growing by a modest 1.3 per cent in 2018, Prince George’s economy is expected to pick up the pace and expand by 1.5 per cent this year and 1.7 per cent in 2020. • Job growth will slow from 1.2 per cent last year to 0.5 per cent in 2019 before edging up to 0.9 per cent next year. • The region’s unemployment rate is anticipated to edge down from an average of 5.2 per cent last year to 4.9 per cent this year and 5.1 per cent in 2020.


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FACTION PROJECTS — A six-storey student only apartment building in downtown Prince George will consist of about 200 self-contained micro-units which are less than 29 square metres, or 312 square feet. The project is considered a key ingredient to the revitalization of the city’s downtown core.


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The new school, in the Hart Highway area of Prince George, is on target for a September 2020 opening.

The cost of the project is being shared by the provincial government at $43.3 million and School District No. 57 (SD57) at $1 million.

 

“I’m excited about it,” said Rod Allen, Superintendent of Schools for SD57 in a news release. “It’s great that we have a new building with learning facilities that will enable the new curriculum to be more fully implemented – features like flexible learning spaces and more open learning spaces.”

 

The new school will accommodate 900 students and will replace the current Kelly Road, which was built in the early 1960s, and will also sit behind the original, which will be demolished once it is no longer in use.


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Every month, the Economic Development Division tracks economic indicators to better understand the business climate in Prince George.  Data included in the monthly analysis covers several areas, including employment rates and numbers, real estate developments and transactions, building permit values, business license applications, and airport passenger statistics.
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WEST COAST OLEFINS TAKING FIRST STEPS TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A $5.6 BILLION PETROCHEMICAL FACILITY IN PRINCE GEORGE


West Coast Olefins of Calgary has secured a 300-acre site in the BCR Industrial Area within the City of Prince George in preparation for the construction of a $5.6 billion petrochemical project at the site. The project would include a world-scale ethylene plant and polyethylene facility and the majority of the polyethylene product would be shipped to growing Asian markets. Once fully operational, the facility will create up to 1,000 permanent highly skilled jobs, while several thousand workers will be required to support the construction effort over a three-year period. Tens of millions of dollars in sustaining capital investment will be required each year to support the facility, which would provide on-going economic benefits for the community. 


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An expansion to D.P. Todd Secondary is officially on School District No. 57’s (SD57) five-year capital plan.

The board of education approved the five-year 2020-21 capital plan, which the board must submit to the ministry of education by June 30, at the board's regular June 18 public meeting.

The plan addresses SD57's current capacity challenges through a proposed expansion project at D.P. Todd Secondary School which would amount to $40,045,503.

The hope is to add room for an additional 300 students. Currently, D.P. Todd has 640 students, but its capacity, as listed by the ministry, is 600. 


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