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Classic rock fans had best strap in.

The mostly-Canadian lineup will feature Prism, Headpins, Honeymoon Suite, Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd, Toronto, Little River Band, Kim Mitchell, Harlequin, Platinum Blonde, 54-40, and Randy Bachman.
Pacific Western Brewing, in partnership with CN Centre and RG concerts, is expanding its popular yearly concert to become a full three-day festival featuring a lineup of 11 fabled bands. The lineup will include the Australian classic rock staple Little River Band, former Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive frontman Randy Bachman and B.C.’s own alt-rock legends 54-40. The Cariboo Rocks the North festival will be held at Exhibition Park from Aug. 10-12.
Organizers hope to draw 4,000 music fans from throughout the north and the interior. Tickets for the full-day pass will run for $149.50, while advance day passes will cost $59.50.

Stuart Neatby / Prince George Citizen
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/pwb-bringing-3-day-cl...

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MY PG NOW: PG and Northern BC housing market tightens in April: BCREA.

If you’re still waiting to find your dream home in Northern BC, you might be out of luck.

Active listing across Prince George and Northern BC dropped 19% last month when compared to the same time last year.

https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/75069/pg-and-northern-bc-housing-market-tightens-in-april-bcrea/

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The UNBC Wood Innovation Research Laboratory, a modern facility geared to building tall, large-scale wood structures, officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, with an announcement of additional funding for equipment by the provincial and federal governments.

The new research lab will complement UNBC's Wood Innovation and Design Centre next door at George St. and 5th Ave., and includes a wood conditioning and processing room, a 1,070 square-metre lab and classroom space for research and teaching.

Courtesy of PG Citizen - Link to full story

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In February 2018, Prince George's unemployment rate was 7.0%, a decrease of 0.9% when compared to the same month in 2017 when it was 7.9%. The unemployment rate of 7.0% for Prince George was higher than the provincial rate of 4.7% and the national rate of 5.8%.

Prince George's employment rate in February 2018 was 67.7%, an increase from the same month in February 2017 when it was 64.5%, a 3.2% positive change. The employment rate of 67.7% for Prince George was higher than Canada's national rate of 61.7% and British Columbia's rate of 62.0%.

Total employment in the Cariboo Economic Development region was 79,700 during February 2018. This represents an increase of 400 jobs when compared to the previous month. The Accommodation and Food Services category saw the highest increase, adding 700 jobs. Job numbers decreased in the Truck Transportation category by 300 jobs.

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City’s international students look to stay after graduation

Prince George is seeing a significant increase in international students who are choosing to remain in the city after graduation.

The number of students who have remained and are working in the city after graduation jumped more than 70 per cent in two years, rising from 75 in 2015 to 130 in 2017. Prince George also saw its numbers of new immigrants spike in 2017 to 355, up almost 40 per cent from 2016.

Full article couresty of Prince George Citizen: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/calling- . . .

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Ron Mundi is betting big on downtown Prince George, B.C., investing millions in a pair of hotels — one new, one refurbished — just a few blocks apart in the city's downtown core.

While Mundi said he thinks Prince George is a "great community," his decision is based on numbers rather than feelings. He says industry reports indicate the city needs many more places for overnight visitors to stay.

"Occupancy is really growing," he said. "Over the last few years we see a growing economy, so that's where our attention is."

Mundi isn't alone. Within a few months, another high-profile hotel will open in the downtown core, while two more are being built along highways leading in to the city.

All are hoping to tap into the city's growing conference sector.

Courtesy of CBC - Full article link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/prince-george-hotels-1.4582915

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Federal and provincial commitments to funding installation of a fibre optic loop along Highway 97 from Prince George to Dawson Creek are being hailed as a major boost to attracting a data centre to this city.

Shaw Communications Inc. will received $7.1 million from the provincial government for the work, as well as $1.9 million for a similar project along Highway 99 to the south. The federal government committed $11.7 million to the two projects; how much of that total will go to the Highway 97 project was not immediately available.

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Alaska Highway news: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/highway-97-fibre-optic-project-to-pave-way-for-data-centre-in-prince-george-1.23203918

PG Citizen: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/fibre-optic-project-to-pave-way-for-data-centre-in-city-officials-say-1.23203469

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The City of Prince George , in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, is pleased to host the European Union Export Business Forum featuring presentations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and market opportunities in the European Union.

Full info https://calendar.princegeorge.ca/default/Detail/2018-03-05-0830-Canada-European-Economic-and-Trade-Agreement-CETA-

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Video & text courtesy of City of Prince George:

In 2017, residents voted to build a new fire hall and pool, 151 condos were announced for downtown in 2018, Prince George was selected to host the 2022 BC Summer Games, and the international airport (YXS) saw a record number of passengers with 499,125. The City of Prince George issued 470 building permits worth $116,813,361, 91 percent of which was investment from the private sector. The building permit numbers for 2017 break down as follows: • Residential $76,437,262 • Commercial $28,780,136 • Industrial $1,227,463 • Institutional $10,368,500 • 132 new single family residences • 14 new commercial developments • 47 new multi-family units • 6 new duplexes • 53 new single family secondary suites In addition, the City saw three new industrial developments, 402 new businesses, and a population increase of 2.8% from 2011. In 2017, the Conference Board of Canada released a report stating that Prince...

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The BC Northern Real Estate Board reported home sales in Northern BC totaled 230 units in January 2018, an increase of 21.1% from January 2017. The average price of homes sold in Northern BC was $264,120 in January 2018, a slight increase of 1.1% from  January 2017. The dollar value of home sales for January 2018 totaled $60.7 million, up 22.4% from the same month in 2017. Active residential listings on the Board MLS System numbered 1,623 units at the end of January, a decline of 10.5% from the end of January 2017. This was the lowest level for active listings in the month of January in ten years....

Full report here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1126248439379&ca=17fab65a-a5b5-4620-bb39-675bca2ac8f4

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Did you know Prince George now has the 3 longest runway in Canada plus over 2000 acres of light industrial land around it plus it now has the status of Foreign Trade Zone!

Prince George Airport's goal is to be a North American cargo gateway and distribution centre to and from Asia with up to 15,000 fuel stop landings per year and to be a passenger hub to North America and the world by 2020. In 2007 with a $11,000,000 loan from Northern Development and funding from both the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, Prince George Airport's runway was expanded from 7,400 feet to 11,500 feet, making it the third longest commercial runway in Canada after airports in Vancouver and Calgary. The airport is now capable of landing, refueling, and loading/unloading the wide bodied Boeing 767 and 747 aircraft that trans-Pacific cargo and logistics carriers operate.

Full read: https://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/explore-our-region/success-stories/prince-george-regional-airpor...

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Economic Development eNewsletter

Continuing the momentum from a record setting year in 2016, Prince George experienced strong growth and investment in 2017. The City of Prince George Economic Development Division tracks economic data available at the national, provincial, and municipal level. Analyzed monthly and yearly, economic indicators including building permits, real estate and housing construction, number of persons employed, business licenses, and passenger traffic at the Prince George Airport (YXS) provide insights into the local economy and help us monitor changes and growth.

Here is link to full eNewsletter: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1126248439379&ca=d9748038-8b61-46a9-b944-b6e3b67e598d

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As part of a barrage of government funding announcements for tech-related programs throughout B.C., the University of Northern B.C. and the College of New Caledonia will collectively receive $650,000 in startup funds to bolster their engineering programs.

Full article - http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/prince-george-gains-new-civil-engineering-programs-1.23146820

UNBC JDC West

Photo credit UNBC JDC West

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Calling it a "difficult decision," the B.C. government has decided to go ahead with the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam, paving the way for work to restart.

"At the end of the day, we've come to a conclusion that, although Site C is not the project we would have favoured or would have started, it must be completed," said Premier John Horgan in announcing the decision.

"This is a very, very divisive issue, and will have profound impact … for a lot of British Columbians. We have not been taking this decision lightly." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/site-c-dam-decision-1.4435939

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