New chamber report identifies $50B risk to Lower Fraser River
Today, chambers of commerce from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley released a new research study which concludes that $50 billion in economic development along the Lower Fraser River is at risk unless all levels of government act now to address the serious issues facing the river.
VBOT reaction to Mayors' Council Transportation Strategy
Earlier today, representatives from The Vancouver Board of Trade attended a stakeholder briefing at TransLink’s office, prior to the public release of the Mayors’ Council 30-Year Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver. Below are some initial reactions from The Vancouver Board of Trade’s President and CEO, Iain Black, on behalf of the city’s leading business organization.
VBOT shares regional transportation vision with Mayors' Council
The Vancouver Board of Trade has sent a letter to Mayor Richard Walton, Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, outlining a number of priorities for the movement of goods and people throughout Metro Vancouver. The letter, which was sent by Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black, aims to “assist the region’s Mayors in the preparation of a regional transportation vision.” Included in the letter is “The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Principles for Regional Transportation,” a list developed by volunteer members of the Board’s Metro Vancouver Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
VBOT warns port shutdown will hurt B.C.’s economy
The Vancouver Board of Trade is expressing grave concerns about a looming work stoppage planned by Unifor and the United Truckers Association (UTA), which would seriously affect operations at Port Metro Vancouver — the largest and busiest port in Canada.
Board supports delay of transit referendum until June 2015
The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes yesterday’s announcement that a referendum on transit funding in Metro Vancouver could be delayed, and urges the provincial government to push back the referendum date to June 30, 2015, in order to give the public ample time to consider the referendum question and its implications.
Board gives feedback on the city's Transportation 2040 Plan
The Vancouver Board of Trade provided comments to the City of Vancouver recently regarding the proposed Transportation 2040 Plan.
Board of Trade and BC Chamber CEOs discuss TransLink funding on The Bill Good Show
Vancouver Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black and BC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Winter appeared on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show on Oct. 18, to share their views on TransLink funding.
Board of Trade and BC Chamber urge mayors to take a leadership role on transit funding
The BC Chamber of Commerce and The Vancouver Board of Trade took the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement on October 17, calling for the Mayors’ Council to approve a time-limited property tax increase to support transit funding.
Separated bike lanes: Input needed May 12
The City of Vancouver committed to study the effect of the introduction of separated bike lanes on downtown businesses in October, 2010. Since then, as you are aware, strong concerns have been expressed, by business members of our organizations and in the media, about the economic impact on local businesses of the separated bike lanes along Dunsmuir and Hornby Streets.