The Prince Rupert Port Authority is providing $10,000 to support the Village of Burns Lake’s Regional Mapping Project, the PRPA announced on March 29. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

The Prince Rupert Port Authority is providing $10,000 to support the Village of Burns Lake’s Regional Mapping Project, the PRPA announced on March 29. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Prince Rupert Port Authority announces $10,000 to support Burns Lake initiative

Regional Mapping Project to begin immediately

The Prince Rupert Port Authority is providing $10,000 to support the Village of Burns Lake’s Regional Mapping Project, the organization announced on March 29.

The financial support stems from the PRPA’s Export Development Fund, which supports the planning, development and implementation of development opportunities along the Prince Rupert Gateway.

“Prince Rupert Port Authority believes it’s critically important to support communities within the Port of Prince Rupert Gateway like Burns Lake in exploring ways to successfully leverage their inherent market access to grow our collective Northern BC export trade portfolio,” Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO of the PRPA, said. Export-oriented industries have a disproportionately large impact on our local economies and are essential to achieving economic growth and expansion.”

“This partnership will identify potential opportunities to grow our local economy and for the community and surrounding area to benefit from our proximity to the port and the ability to access global markets,” Mayor Dolores Funk, Village of Burns Lake, said

The Regional Mapping Project will identify and catalogue existing producers, products, their volumes, and other marketing and logistical factors in the area.

The project is to begin immediately and is scheduled for completion by September, 2022.

This is the second investment of the port’s Export Development Fund since it was launched in 2018. Their first project was a development of an investment attraction strategy for the Skeena Industrial Development Park with the City of Terrace, the PRPA stated.

The PRPA’s Export Development Fund helps to finance eligible organizations with research and feasibility studies to assess export opportunities to reach new markets through Prince Rupert.

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