Bathurst's mayor sees more optimism in region since taking office

It's been a little over a year since Bathurst elected an entirely new council and its mayor says he's seen a big changes in both the city and region.

Paolo Fongemie says he's noticed a new air of optimism and collaboration between neighbouring municipalities, an observation echoed by Beresford mayor Jean-Guy Grant who was also voted into office during last year's municipal elections.

Fongemie says each of the Chaleur region's municipalities have strong councils who are ready and willing to work together to accomplish goals as a region.

He looks forward to seeing the results of the newly established regional tourism office and notes the millions invested by different levels of government into regional projects like the Chaleur Regional Hospital and the Bathurst Regional Airport among many others.

Fongemie says being mayor is exactly what he expected before entering the race.

He says it means having an extremely busy schedule but that it also allows him the opportunity to meet many new people and get a feel for the wants, needs, likes, and challenges of the community.

Going forward, Fongemie plans to repatriate youth and attract new residents to the region, while giving business owners and other community leaders the support they need to progress and be successful.