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Got a question about LNIB DC and how we operate? Many people do, so we put together some of the most common questions we are asked.
Where is LNIB located?
Merritt, BC – at the junction of Hwy 5 (Coquihalla Highway – connects Kamloops & Interior to Vancouver) and Hwy 97C (Okanagan connector via Kelowna).
What is the population of LNIB?
Approximately 1200, of which almost 700 live on reserve.
Where is the nearest major centre?
Vancouver – located 2 hours east of Vancouver. Vancouver can provide the services we can’t access in Merritt. Very importantly, it has major rail and air connections.
Are you looking for outside investment funding?
No. Our goal is to encourage other organizations to partner – to joint venture with us. The responsibility for investment is shared.
Under what circumstances might you consider government funding?
We would consider government funding provided it was of a partnership nature; i.e. we work together. We are not interested in handouts from anyone. We are also not interested in having some other organization dictate LNIB objectives.
Is your location on the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) an asset you can build on?
No question about it. The Coquihalla (Hwy 5) is a major connector between the Coast and the Interior. We’re in a particularly strategic situation as a transportation hub and a tourist destination.
Access to real estate, a ready and willing work force and a pro-business environment mean we have exceptional opportunity for partners and for LNIBDC.
What incentives do you have to encourage other businesses to joint venture with you?
We can offer them preferential treatment in terms of land use, services we provide and a young labor force.
How is your relationship with the City of Merritt?
We have an excellent relationship with the City and city officials. It’s both collaborative and respectful. Our objectives are very much in line. For example, their Economic Development Action Plan reads “The City of Merritt is a progressive, attractive, economically viable city that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.” That’s something on which we’re mutually agreed.
What specific objectives do you have for LNIBDC?
We want to see a sustainable future for our people. That means building on the business relationships we have and encouraging new ones. LNIBDC is committed to investing in diversified sources of revenue streams and sector development.
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