Are you living in the Coast of Bays and interested in your region's development?
Or, are you faculty, staff or a student at Memorial University who would like to strengthen Memorial's presence and make a difference in the lives of people in the Coast of Bays?
If so, consider attending the Harris Centre's Coast of Bays Regional Workshop on October 22nd, 2013 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Lions Club in Harbour Breton (click here to enlarge the map of the region).
The following themes have been developed with a local planning committee. While we may not be able to address all of the issues or questions, the workshop will provide a forum to generate ideas on how they might be explored.
Community and regional sustainability: Many communities are challenged to sustain an efficient level of services to residents, and in some cases the very existence of communities is in jeopardy. How can communities and the region move forward to build the labour force, develop businesses, improve infrastructure, and obtain long-term benefits from local projects? What discussion is needed regarding regionalization of services or relocation?
Tourism development: A local voice representing the tourism industry in the region is lacking; however, this may be necessary to further tourism capacity. How can a tourism organization or working group be fostered, and what could its role be in connecting the region with provincially led tourism promotion? What potential challenges and opportunities exist for tourism development?
Ocean and coastal issues: Since many of the economic sectors and recreational interests in the Coast of Bays focus on ocean and coastal areas (aquaculture, fisheries, tourism, etc.), there is a need for discussion on how users interact with each other. How do ocean-based economic sectors impact each other and the local region, with respect to the economy, society and environment?
The event will include a breakfast Memorial Presents Public Forum on social enterprise, held from 8:30-10:30am, with Dr. Natalie Slawinski from Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration. More details are to follow.
Please pass this on to anyone else who may be interested!
The registration deadline is October 17th.
Workshop registration is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Harris Centre.
Please contact Amy Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-6115 if you have any questions.