Could Google be coming to NB? That’s the speculation in this article. Unless electricity rates are cheaper or we can do something creative like harness cold water from the Bay of Fundy to cool data centres, I don’t think Google will be coming but you never know. After almost 20 years in this business, I have seen stranger things.
I see the Northern NB Mayors are getting together to work on economic development issues. The last time I read something about Northern mayor collaboration they were working together to save health care services. At the time (and now) I believe the focus must be on replacing the disinvestment from the forest products and mining sector. Health care is a reactive sector. If the demand is there, then the supply must follow. If tens and even hundreds of millions in economic activity (and ultimately thousands more people) is gone, it is a natural outcome that there will be a decline in all demand-based services in northern NB.
We need to get the focus back on attracting investment and export oriented local company expansions. Then, we fight the health care battle.