Last Friday the District of Barriere hosted a group of Asian investors from Beijng, China, who are interested in the industrial land available in the community.
District Economic Development Officer Andrew Hayward said the group came to Barriere as a result of prior conversations, and a meeting he had with them a week ago in Vancouver.
Barriere’s Mayor Fennell, Councillor Stamer, CAO Colleeen Hannigan, and area businessman Derek Stamer participated in the tour of the community, which included Glibert Smith Forest Products, the Southgate and Barriere Industrial Parks, and a light lunch at municipal hall. While there the visitors also met with Simpcw First Nation representatives. The balance of the afternoon was spent with the Stamers on a tour of an active logging site where heavy equipment could be seen in action.
The delegation (through their interpreter) said before they departed the community, “We love Barriere, the people are so friendly; and we are excited with all the potential opportunities there are. We cannot wait to come and visit again.”
Mayor Fennell says he felt the day was very positive and that he was excited about the possibilities.
Hayward said he would be meeting again with the same group in Vancouver early next week.