A large, early morning crowd from the Saint John business community came out to the Saint John Chamber of Commerce Thursday to hear why the premier is optimistic about the future of New Brunswick’s economy.
“I believe whole heartedly in the collective ability of New Brunswickers to overcome our challenges and to seize the opportunities before us,” Premier Brian Gallant said.
Then, he announced 500 new jobs for Saint John in the coming weeks and months, most being in the IT sector.
“We have so much to offer here in Saint John and New Brunswick when it comes to the tech sector,” Gallant said. “We have a tech sector that’s thriving and I would argue that we’re world leaders.”
Diversifying the economy has become a theme lately, although Gallant continues to stand by the Energy East Pipeline, calling it a provincial priority.
The Saint John business community also seems to be seeing the glass half full.
“Saint John and our region have a lot of assets,” said David Duplisea of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce.
“There’s a lot of projects in the works and there is optimism. There is reason for hope.”
Steve Carson of Enterprise Saint John agrees.
“Some of our data is really showing some excellent growth in a number of sectors and in particular we’re really aligning our resources with those of Opportunities NB,” he said
With these new opportunities now available it gives the chance for some people to come home to the province.
Long time IBM employee Geoff Clark heads to Florenceville from IBM in Calgary for one of the new positions the company announced today.
“I would say for anybody that is looking for a job in IT, you’ve got the best of everything down here,” Clark said.
“I think New Brunswick’s probably one of the best kept secrets in the country, maybe the continent really.”