TERRACE mayor Carol Leclerc, left, and Sasa Loggin from the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area Society, made up one of the teams who fanned out May 10 as the City of Terrace spoke to business owners and managers to gain a better understanding of local economic conditions. Staff photo

City of Terrace probes business climate

Council members, volunteers fan out to locations in Terrace, Thornhill

CLOSE to 60 businesses were surveyed last week as Terrace city councillors and volunteers fanned out to take the temperature of the business community.

It’s the second year the city has conducted what it calls a “business walk” in Terrace and Thornhill.

Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc, who teamed up with Sasa Loggin from the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area, called it a valuable experience.

“We hope to learn a lot,” said Leclerc.

Business owners and/or managers were asked how their businesses were doing at the moment and what the future prospects might be.

They were also asked for their opinion of and experiences with the city.

City communications officer Brian Doddridge said home-based businesses were contacted as well as those with store front operations.

In addition to the mayor, councillors Lynne Christiansen, Brian Downie and Sean Bujtas took part.

Volunteers, in addition to Loggin, were Marc Von Der Gonna from the provincial jobs, tourism and skills training ministry, Jocelyn Lebell from the 16/37 Community Futures office, Bruno Belanger from Kermodei Tourism, Deklan Corstanje from the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, Michelle Taylor from the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce, Carman Hendry from the Northwest Regional Airport and Thecla Fladhamer from the Terrace Business Resource Centre.