British Columbia looks at Campbell River for possible high-speed, second-growth sawmill; January forum to select four pilot projects to develop jobs in province

LOS ANGELES , December 8, 2011 () – Campbell River, British Columbia, will likely soon see an economic development pilot project, a high-speed sawmill to take advantage of the area's near harvestable second growth, according to a top government minister, the Campbell River Courier-Islander reported Dec. 7.

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, said Monday that a forum of the region's industry, government, business, education and first nations will meet in Campbell River in January, focusing on the BC Jobs Plan, according to the article carried in canada.com.

That month's meeting is to select a committee to guide selection of the four provincial pilot projects to be developed under the plan, the Campbell River Courier-Islander reported.

The mountain pine beetle epidemic in the province's Central Interior, assets in Campbell River, including community support and international eduction, and its need for jobs are among the factors that could result in selection of a sawmill project for the community, said Bell.

Although the province's announcement said there is no funding for the forum, Bell said that relates to the beginning forum, not to provincial project funding, the Campbell River Courier-Islander reported.

The primary source of this article is the Campbell River Courier-Islander, Campbell River, British Columbia, on Dec. 7, 2011.

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