The QCI Chamber of Commerce is going ahead with its plan to host an economic forum here, and is hoping its most-recent Gwaii Trust application will help with the funding.
“We’re going. We have a lot of details to iron out in the next couple of weeks. Before we know it, it will be on us,” chamber president Jean Traplin told members at their meeting February 7.
The forum is scheduled for the weekend of April 8, and involves a delegation from the Prince of Wales Island Chamber of Commerce in Alaska coming here.
The chamber expects it to cost about $14,000, and has received $6,000 from the credit union and is hoping the Gwaii Trust will fund most of the rest.
The forum proper will be Saturday April 8, and involve discussions focused on five areas- transportation, tourism, fishing, culture and forestry. The chamber hopes it will foster an all-islands perspective and be a good information exchange, both for participants from the islands but also with the Prince of Wales Island group.
The chamber has been working on the idea since September. The Gwaii Trust turned down a funding request for the forum last fall.
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