When it comes to economic growth, it’s important to think ‘regionally’ for communities to work together. That message was made clear at this past week’s Business Expo at Reston, MB where dignitaries included members of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, as well as our local MLA.

MLA for Arthur-Virden, Doyle Piwniuk (PIN-NOOK’) says whenever we can all work together and bring Agri-business into the Westman area, everybody benefits.

“If it can be something that looks at this western side here, if it’s Boissevain, Virden or Melita, it will benefit all the communities.”

“There will always be a need for people to be specialized in some of these new businesses,” he says, “and so what we find is that people do travel and commute to work in different places because their spouse might be working somewhere closer.”

“So, it’s always an economic benefit having new business. It helps to repopulate the area, so we’re not going downhill when it comes to population. We want to build up the rural Manitoba.”

“And, that’s what our government is doing,” Piwniuk adds “We actually have right now $2 billion worth of outside investment. We attracted more outside business in the province of Manitoba more than any other province.”

“Right now we have the expansion of Nexus Simplot, and also with Roquette, which is a new pea processing plant coming to Portage. And McCains is expanding, and Maple Leaf and HyLife. HyLife just built a new mill in Killarney.”

“This is what we want to see more of and this is where these expos can help out here and show that businesses that are wanting to locate here, they can come to an event like this.”

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