Prince George, October 17, 2014 – Prince George Chamber of Commerce members have identified their top priorities and challenges for candidates in the municipal election on November 15, 2014. In September, the Chamber distributed Advocacy Surveys to its members to gauge what issues they would like to see council address. 1589 surveys went out, and 51 businesses responded, for a 3.2% response rate. The results indicate that many businesses in the community want to expand. However, key challenges to realizing expansion and growth were also identified.
The recruitment and retention of talent was an important theme across a number of survey questions. Respondents selected this issue as the top strategic priority they would like council to focus on. They also identified challenges around recruiting and retaining skilled workers as the main obstacle to doing better business in Prince George. Closely tied to this challenge is Prince George’s image and reputation outside the city. “It’s clear that this is a positive time in Prince George, when many businesses are looking to grow,” says Christie Ray, Chamber CEO, “Our advocacy will now focus on these challenges our members have identified, so that they can continue to experience success.” The Chamber will also examine other secondary issues such as the downtown, red tape, city infrastructure and services identified in the survey.
The Chamber has made the report on the survey results available to its members, and all candidates running for mayor and city council. Candidates have also received a list of questions representing Chamber member priorities. The candidate questions and survey report are available to the public on our website. The responses will be posted once they are received. The Chamber strives to be a resource for candidate views for the business community and the public during the election.
On November 6th, the Chamber is teaming up with the Prince George Citizen and CKPG to host a mayoral forum at UNBC’s Canfor Theatre. The debate begins at 7:30pm. The Chamber will host a second forum involving councillor candidates on November 13th at 7:00pm at CNC.
Marissa Kellett, Director of External Relations
Prince George Chamber of Commerce
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