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Aug 11, 2017

Economic development and growth was on the agenda when the Pilbara Development Commission and LandCorp hosted a Business After Hours in Port Hedland on Wednesday 9 August.

Hosted at YIC HQ, the home base of Youth Involvement Council (YIC), attendees heard from Pilbara Development Commission Chair Chris Gilmour and LandCorp Regional Manager Brad Pawlenko, about the latest projects and local contract opportunities.

Pilbara Development Commission Chair Chris Gilmour said the growth of the small and medium business sector was important, more now than ever, as the region adjusted to the shift from the construction era to a more stable operational future.

“Businesses must now be innovative and entrepreneurial to succeed and make the most of the exciting economic opportunities this offers,” Mr Gilmour said.

Mr Gilmour was joined by the Pilbara Development Commission Board, who held their August meeting in Port Hedland this week.

“This is valuable opportunity to connect with local businesses and better understand the current challenges facing the town,” Mr Gilmour said.

LandCorp Regional Manager Brad Pawlenko said significant investment in the Pilbara over the last decade from both the private and Government sectors had helped make the Pilbara a great place to work, live and play.

“LandCorp’s focus on regional development will continue as the mining and resources industries evolve and new businesses opportunities emerge,” Mr Pawlenko said.

The month’s Business After Hours also gave businesses the opportunity to see the new YIC HQ facilities one year after opening, and experience the hospitality that their new social enterprise program ‘Fresh Start’ has to offer.

With increased clientele and a broader capacity to undertake case management projects, this state-of-the-art premise has allowed YIC the stability to extend their services and cement their status as one of the leaders in at risk youth support in Western Australia.

More than 50 businesses attended the event.

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