ReDesign Rupert is about bringing together the right people, resources and process to build the projects that improve Prince Rupert’s livability. The Mission of ReDesign is to revitalize Prince Rupert making it more desirable for recruitment and retention of employees and residents.
Prince Rupert’s key civic amenities are suffering from the effects of a 20-year economic collapse. The downtown is full of empty storefronts, deteriorating buildings, and empty lots. The only remaining beach access has been cut off. The Lester Centre, Museum of Northern BC, Golf Club, Curling Club and Racquet Centre are unable to cover operational and capital costs.
The City of Prince Rupert has a $350 million-dollar infrastructure deficit and growing, that includes needed upgrades to roads, sidewalks, bridges, water, sewer as well as millions in upcoming mandated spending for a wastewater treatment system, a new police station, as well as revenue challenges associated with the Port Property Tax Act and Ridley Island Tax Agreement.
The combination of these challenges has created a situation where, despite recent port-related development, significant challenges remain in employee recruitment and retention across all sectors of the economy due to deteriorated civic amenities.
There are a number of specific projects and investments that major employers in the city can participate in that will have significant return-on-investment, particularly in relation to employee recruitment and retention, that are aligned with the City. Phase II of ReDesign Rupert and the work of the Project Coordinator is specifically related to finding solutions to this human capital crisis.
RE-DESIGN IN PHASES
What does the next 30-years look like? That was the question asked in 2015 as the community headed into more port-related growth and possible energy sector development (LNG). What will be our priorities to ensure a positive legacy?
To answer these questions, the City of Prince Rupert and Community Futures Development Corporation launched an 18-month civic engagement process to inform how the community envisions itself after major industrial development. Themes such as housing, downtown revitalization, recreation, waterfront access, economic development and trail networks surfaced through conversation and facilitated community dialogue. When these themes were drilled down, three critical priorities emerged: Human Capital, Downtown and Waterfront.
PROJECT COORDINATION SUMMARY
Reporting to a steering committee, the Project Coordinator provides the administrative core of the second phase of the project, focussed on engaging industrial stakeholders and business and community partners in creating an HR solution for Prince Rupert.
Under direction, this position assists with developing, maintaining and promoting stakeholder engagement and will manage the projects and initiatives that result from this engagement.
· Organizes, promotes and attends meetings and then executes on identified tasks and initiatives
· Plans and manages strategic conversations and community consultations
· Creates materials, presentations and briefing notes and other written correspondence directed at key stakeholders, community and government audiences.
· Produces in-depth environmental and media scans and analyses in order to provide advice on emerging and critical issues
· Provides quarterly reports on progress, findings and learnings
· Makes presentations on projects and initiatives to promote awareness and bring about action from community stakeholders
· Acts as ‘point of contact’ for action groups/committees as needed