A delegation of community leaders will make the case for Prince George on Parliament Hill Wednesday.
Mayor Shari Green will be joined by reps from Initiatives Prince George as well as UNBC in pitching the advantages of Northern B.C.
"We've tried to coordinate our efforts and get everybody together for one general opportunity to have some face time with a lot of ministers, particularly B.C. ministers, and remind them why the north of B.C. is important to the national economy and the different initiatives that are going on in the largest city in the north so we're not lost on anybody's radar," said Green.
Both Cariboo-Prince George and Prince George-Peace River MPs Dick Harris and Bob Zimmer will attend the sitdowns as well.
"They're not always in Prince George and don't live in Prince George, so that makes it challenging for us that have an opportunity to meet with them," said Green.
One of the mayor's meetings will be with representatives from the Ministry of Transportation about the use of Prince George Airport as a distribution hub for perishable goods.
As the airport jockeys for position as a fueling stop for cargo freight operators, they're looking to catch the planes returning half-empty to fill them with regional goods - such as produce, seafood, meat and poultry - to take back to Asian markets.
"But we need the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in order to be able to do that," said Green. "So this is the sort of the beginning of some work required at the federal level to get us the status and designation we need to be able to take advantage of that economic opportunity."
Mayor Green will also sit down the Ministry of Public Safety for a conversation around the Strengthening Families program, for which the city is applying for federal grant funding.
The city could potentially receive $7.5 million over five years for the youth and family-based crime prevention through social development initiative.
"[The meeting is] just to let them know some of the initiatives that we're working on here - the prolific offender program, our youth gang intervention strategies and that we do have a mayor's task force underway - and that we're looking for support from them in whatever form that might take in terms of the work of the committee and initiatives that might be coming forward," she said.
The task force on crime, also known as the select committee on crime reduction and public safety, is still working out their terms of reference with external partners. Along with the mayor, councillors Garth Frizzell, Brian Skakun and Dave Wilbur also sit on the committee.
During the final budget meeting Monday afternoon, council allocated $200,000 trimmed from the police protection budget for use by the task force at council's discretion.
"This is in my mind good planning because this crime task force has been struck this year but is not built into the budget," Green said during the Feb. 25 meeting. "So if there were some initiatives that the task force ends up developing over the course of its work over the next several months, those items would have to wait until 2014 to be acted upon or else we'd have to find the money somewhere."