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Local businessman wants Saipan to be a better place for business

BUSINESSMAN George Fleming said he is willing to share his skills and knowledge to make Saipan a better place to do business.

Fleming was appointed by Gov. Ralph Torres to serve as a member of the  Saipan Zoning Board for a two-year term.

On Thursday, the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation’s Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations conducted a public hearing  on Fleming’s nomination.

Among those who testified in favor of his confirmation were zoning board chairman Diego Blanco, administrator Therese Ogumoro and Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Luis John Castro.

Businessman George Fleming, center, poses with members of the Saipan legislative delegation, Zoning Board officials and Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chairman LJ Castro after ta public hearing on Fleming’s appointment, Thursday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaBusinessman George Fleming, center, poses with members of the Saipan legislative delegation, Zoning Board officials and Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council Chairman LJ Castro after ta public hearing on Fleming’s appointment, Thursday. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

After the hearing, the committee determined that Fleming is qualified to serve on the board and will recommend his confirmation.

In an interview, Fleming said he is thankful to the governor for his confidence in him.

“I accepted the nomination because I want to contribute to the community and work with the board and with the governor and see what we can do to help the business community. I want to make Saipan a better place for business so rather than restrict businesses, why not implement policies that will make it easier for our businesses to do business here? This way we can attract more businesses on Saipan.”

He added, “If I will be confirmed I will work with the board and I will, to the best of my ability, help make Saipan a more business-friendly place.”