District walks downtown to get feedback

District walks downtown to get feedback

Community stakeholders conduct face-to-face survey with local businesses

On Friday Sept 15, the District of Fort St. James, the Chamber of Commerce and volunteers from Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, completed the third annual Fort St. James Business Walk.

At 10:00 a.m. four teams of three or four set off on foot in different directions and covered the entire downtown by 3:00 p.m.

The results included 44 business survey responses, increased communication with the business community, and distributing business resource material to local businesses.

Collecting this information gives an updated snapshot of the District’s business community, highlighting the challenges and successes that local businesses face. Individual responses are kept confidential throughout the report.

The results from the annual Fort St. James Business Walk will help inform the direction of strategic planning for community and economic development. The data provided can be a useful attraction resource for potential new businesses interested in relocating to Fort St. James.

“This year’s Business Walk was a real success, we had beautiful weather and the Walking Teams really enjoyed the opportunity to chat with business owners and managers on a more personal level.” commented Kelley Williams, Economic Development Officer for the District.

– with files submitted by EDO Kelley Williams