Monday, August 17, 2009

Saint John Board of Trade pleased with investment in water infrastructure

The Saint John Board of Trade is pleased with today’s joint announcement by the Governments of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick for $16 million in funding to improve Saint John’s water infrastructure.

“Investment in our water infrastructure is one of our organization’s key priorities. Clean, safe, reliable drinking water is important for businesses. It is especially important to those in the hospitality and manufacturing sectors of our economy” said Imelda Gilman, President of the Saint John Board of Trade. “This investment in our City’s infrastructure, especially during a time of economic renewal, will benefit our economy, businesses and residents. This is definitely a good start to renewing Canada’s oldest incorporated city’s aging water infrastructure.”

This investment will help Saint John meet the new, stricter water safety regulations the Honourable Jim Prentice, Federal Minister of the Environment announced as part of the government’s new Water Action Plan for Canada unveiled at the August 6th Saint John Board of Trade luncheon.

The Saint John Board of Trade is a nationally accredited business organization dedicated to fostering an economic climate that enhances growth, prosperity, and an improved quality of life in the community. With more than 1,000 members, representing 600 small, medium, and large businesses and organizations and therefore, the interests of more than 30,000 citizens, the Board is a dynamic advocate and the principal voice for the business community of Greater Saint John. It offers a variety of programs, activities, services, and networking opportunities designed to enhance the business prospects of members and the overall business climate of the area.

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