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article imageNew Brunswick Town Creates Own Response to Mill Closing

By Bob Ewing     Jan 28, 2008 in Business
The Greater Dalhousie Diversification Committee, formed under a month ago in response to the impending closure of the Dalhousie AbitibiBowater mill, has begun to prioritise its activities. The Committee is encouraged by how the meetings are progressing.
After the AbitibiBowater mill closed in the New Brunswick town of Dalhousie, members of the community and government officials met and formed the The Greater Dalhousie Diversification Committee,
The town's press release. emailed to this reporter, states that several meetings have been held and the Committee has learned that the paper machines in the Dalhousie mill will remain in place after the mill ceases production.
The Greater Dalhousie Diversification Committee is formed of individuals from a broad cross-section of backgrounds, including local leaders and representatives of the Provincial and Federal governments.
The Committee is chaired by Clément Tremblay, Mayor of Dalhousie and has a mandate to identify and pursue diversification projects and ideas for the Greater Dalhousie region.
The first step is to hire an Economic Development Officer who will provide full-time support to the Committee.
The Committee has cross-sectoral representation with members from The Town of Dalhousie, AbitibiBowater Unions, Enterprise Restigouche, Port of Dalhousie, Post Secondary Education, Eel River Bar First Nation, Bowater Forest Advisory Board, Business New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada Career Opportunities, local businesses, local citizens, and tourism.
In addition there are ex-officio members who come from the Village of Balmoral, Village of Charlo, Village of Eel River Crossing, and Dalhousie Town Council.
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