The competition is on between the Tri-Towns area and an unnamed Alberta community to attract a call centre development. Tri-Town development officials received more than 100 job applications during the last full week in May. A call centre proponent seeks between 1,000 and 1,500 applications to fill between 250 and 350 positions before they consider establishing a centre in Timiskaming. Another site in Alberta is also in the running. Those seeking part-time employment are being urged to apply, and town officials are considering expanding their advertising campaign across northeastern Ontario. If successful, a call centre could be set up in the Tri-Towns within six months at the earliest, and be fully operational within nine months.