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On February 7th, Haitian-American Councilman of North Miami, Alix Desulme, joined forces with celebrated, black woman CEO, Pandwe Gibson of Miami-based EcoTech Visions. The duo presented at Gibson’s EcoTech Visions Digital Citizen Bootcamp, which is currently running from January 7 – March 11 in Miami. The bootcamp is a free, comprehensive 8-week intensive course on the practical use of a wide range of web-based tools and applications necessary for the digital economy. The mission of the program is to close the digital divide, bridging the gap between the way people of different socioeconomic statuses access and use information technology and communication in their daily lives. The course will equip local participants with the skills needed to make use of technology within their communities. Students who have enrolled in the program represent a population that has been overlooked and disconnected from the digital economy. Many of the participants hail from a Jamaican, Haitian, Black American or Bahamian background, with 70% between the ages of 21 and 35. While Gibson imparted on the group the benefits of learning coding and its importance for the community’s economic development, Desulme explained why the city believes coding is the language of the future.“My colleagues and I on the North Miami City Council are committed to supporting workforce development initiatives,” he shared. “This is why we partnered with EcoTech Visions Foundation to provide free coding courses for our residents… our residents are learning fundamental skills such as computer programming and digital marketing. It is my hope that programs like these will provide high paying jobs for our residents in one of the fastest growing industries in the country.”Councilman Desulme was elected to the North Miami City Council representing District 4 in 2015. In 2016-2017 he became the youngest Councilman to serve as Vice Mayor for the city of North Miami. Councilman Desulme was first elected to office in 2009, in a city-wide election, making history as the first Black City Clerk of the City of North Miami. He also held the distinction of the youngest and first Haitian-American elected City Clerk in the United States.Gibson, the organizer of the bootcamp, is a graduate of MIT, Harvard and CGU Peter Drucker School of Management, and holds an MBA, MA and PhD. She founded EcoTech Visions to support spacetech, bluetech, big data, greentech, farmtech, Blockchain, saas, and consumer product startups. In 2018, Gibson led the EcoTech Visions team in successfully completing the Mergelane Fundinator in Boulder, Colorado and launched a $5 million seed round. The company’s signature “Farmers in the Gardens” program opened a second facility, giving EcoTech Visions a total of 52,000 square foot of space in Miami, housing 26 startups. The company plans to open five new facilities in Southeast and Midwestern America by 2020. This is just one of powerful African American/Caribbean American duos slated for the EcoTech Visions Digital Citizen Bootcamp. The program aims inspire and equip its audience of participants with the tools needed to themselves launch various successful careers and projects, despite the prevailing obstacles that minority populations face.
Clarence Apsassin brought the conversation toward local work, calling himself a big supporter of local companies.“Supporting the larger companies in our First Nations is much needed, also,” he said to the crowd. “They need that support, too.”Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said roughly 240 business vehicles participated in Fort Nelson’s rally, and called LNG ‘a great tool to get our natural gas to the Asian marketplace.’“It’s going to be great for Kitimat, and Terrace, and (Prince) Rupert,” he said. “It’s going to get our natural gas to the marketplace. That’s what we need to do.”“You are experts in your field,” Mayor Ackerman said. “It just amazes me how, everyday, we are able to extract and produce natural gas safely — because you know what you’re doing.”She commended the supporters for attending the rally for an industry that she says ‘must happen.’“When it’s time to let them know, let them know.”Mayor of Fort St. John Lori Ackerman addresses the crowd. Photo by Montana CummingMayor of Taylor, Rob Fraser, said it’s time ‘for the silent majority to speak up.’“The world needs energy. We’re sitting on a world-class, clean energy source,” he said. “The most responsible use for this energy source we have is to get it out to the world.”Following the speakers finished up, the crowd cheered and shouted.Kristi Pimm-De Maid: “Your voices do make a difference and will be heard by the federal government.” pic.twitter.com/7JkWLGPwN4— energeticcity (@EnergeticCity) March 16, 2016A representative with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association was also in attendance, though he did not address the crowd.Vice-President of Regional Initiatives Mike Davis said the organization has met with a group of businesses in Terrace that shared similar as the local group out of Fort St. John.“We just wanted to get together and make a real unified approach here, and get a unified message as we head into a federal decision on LNG,” he said. “We want to make sure that Ottawa and the Province know that this is important to communities and families.”Davis describes ICBA as ‘pro-business,’ saying the group is here to support and help out any way they can.“We want work to happen, we want jobs to happen, and we’re very vocal about the projects we support. Anything that we can do to be here to help out the groups in the communities that are at the grassroots level — that’s really what its about, that’s how we were formed. Today is really about the community and about the organizing group.”Despite the overwhelming support for LNG at the event, there was some attendees who showed resistance to current LNG development.Bob Fedderly, a local resident of 35 years, describes himself as a promoter of the natural gas industry, but has reservations about developing LNG as an industry based on exporting, and insists it be used domestically.“I think it’s a great fuel, a clean fuel. But I think we need to start using it ourselves before we start flooding valleys,” he said, displaying a sign that read, ‘No Site C, Run Burrard Thermal’.“We’ve got this vast resource in place that we could use to generate electricity rather than flood our valleys,” he added, referring to Burrard’s generating station.The one project on the horizon that FSJ for LNG is immediately behind is the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which would result in an LNG terminal built off of the north coast.The $36-billion dollar proposal received over 34,000 public comments during a one-month period. Live from the Fort St John for LNG rally.Posted by Energeticcity.ca on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Pro-LNG residents of the Energetic City made their stance on LNG loud and clear for the Province and the rest of Canada to hear.While rallies were also held in Fort Nelson and Terrace today, over 580 vehicles participated in the preceding convoy heading to the rally in Charlie Lake.Residents were eagerly watching the trucks drive by on the side of the Alaska Highway as they made their way.Even people are lined up along the Alaska Highway @fortstjohn #yxj #FSJforLNG pic.twitter.com/rLBBJ8nIUK— energeticcity (@EnergeticCity) March 16, 2016- Advertisement -“Honestly, we did not know what quite to expect,” said one of the organizers Kristi Pimm-De Maid. “But when you hear that the whole town is backed up in a traffic jam, that right there tells you that there’s such great support for LNG.”Advertisement “These kids need to have moms and dads who have family-supporting jobs, and that’s what LNG is all about — Family-supporting jobs for each and every one of them,” said B.C. Senator Richard Neufeld.He urged people to send multiple letters to the Prime Minister, to the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Natural Resources in support of LNG development.“I invited all three of them to come,” he said. “Come and see what Fort St. John people want, and today, you demonstrated that.”Advertisement Local member of parliament Bob Zimmer recognized Alan Yu, along with Pimm-De Maid, for their efforts organizing the event.“I think a big part of this is just somebody to get the idea and running with it — and you did today. So thank you for that,” he said.Zimmer challenged claims from environmentalists that LNG is a hazard to the environment, saying he believes it’s actually good for the environment.“If you want to give China fresh, clean air to breathe, you give them LNG,” he added. He echoed Neufeld’s request for residents to write to officials, as ‘the other side is writing letters like bandits.’Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies member of parliament Bob Zimmer. Photo by Montana CummingAdvertisement The lineup of vehicles extended from the Alaska Highway, along the Bypass road, to Northern Lights College.Pimm-De Maid said the event was running fairly smoothly, considering the few days taken to plan the itinerary of the day. She credited the traffic flaggers for their work directly the almost-600 vehicles that took more than two hours to park in Charlie Lake.Attendees hear from Mayor of Fort St. John Lori Ackerman, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, B.C. Senator Richard Neufeld, District of Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, and Clarence Apsassin of the Blueberry River First Nation.Once everyone was parked, the dignitaries took to the stage to speak.Advertisement