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New mandate pondered

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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Created to enhance the local business community, the Business Builders Association is now considering expanding its mandate to include the betterment of the entire community. Flin Flon Economic Development Officer Joe Buie, who is involved with the group, said he hopes the members will reach a decision on the idea at their meeting this Monday. "We're still going through the process of deciding what direction we're going to be going in with this new concept," he said. Buie said the expanded mandate could include a name change to the "Community Builders Association." He said the group would look at enhancing the entire community in areas such as infrastructure and parks. "We would use grants, fundraising Ñ all venues that we could possibly get our hands on," he said. The idea for the expanded mandate was brought up at the Business Builders' latest meeting, according to Buie. Prompting the idea was the fact that the group seemed to be venturing beyond its initial focus of how to capitalize on the arrival of big box retailers. "Our direction seemed to be getting away from the Main Street issues and the business issues, and we started to think how we could improve the community as a whole," said Buie. Should the Business Builders become the Community Builders, Buie said business would still be a focus for the group, just not the sole one. Attendance at Business Builders meetings over the past couple of months has averaged about eight to ten people, and Buie said an expanded mandate might attract more members. The next Business Builders meeting is slated for this Monday, November 3, downstairs at the Flin Flon-Creighton Public Library beginning at 6 p.m. The public will be welcome to attend.