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CEO optimistic as Community Economic Development Commission unveils latest strategic plan

By Leith Dunick
The Thunder Bay News Watch
January 10, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Doug Murray

THUNDER BAY – The CEO of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission says the city’s economic performance has been pretty good over the past 15 years. Doug Murray, who unveiled the CEDC’s new three-year strategic plan, said Thunder Bay must focus on repairing its reputation, making the community more welcoming for everyone and find ways to stimulate population growth to fill an expected increased need in skilled trade jobs surrounding the mining, forestry and manufacturing industries. Over the past 15 years, starting in 2003, the city lost 5,931 jobs, but 8,035 new jobs were created over the same period of time, a net gain of 2,102, representing a four per cent hike. …Murray said the forest industry won’t return to 2003 levels, but with value-added products making it viable again, it could have a major impact on the local economy once again.

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