Ontario Invests In Rural Economic Development

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Ontario Invests In Rural Economic Development

Amherstburg Receives Funding For Economic Development Strategy AMHERSTBURG, ON, Jan. 8 - The McGuinty government is investing in a strategic economic development plan for Amherstburg that will focus on tourism, light industry and commercial enhancement, Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex announced today on behalf of Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "We know that initiatives like this, supported by the Rural Economic Development Program, help to build strong, healthy and safe communities," said Crozier. "They attract investment, create new jobs and provide residents with excellent services and an improved quality of life." The government will contribute $45,000 to Economic and Community Strengthening Amherstburg, which has two distinct but complementary parts. The Economic Development Strategy will provide a blueprint that will help the town reach its full economic potential through the diversification of the local economy and the expansion of industrial opportunities. The Special Events and Festival Growth initiative will result in a comprehensive plan that will improve Amherstburg's position as a tourist destination. "Strengthening our local economy will provide opportunities to keep Amherstburg's highly skilled workforce employed within the community," said Wayne Hurst, Mayor of Amherstburg. "And, with a series of well-planned, economically sustainable events, Amherstburg can enhance its tourism profile in the Southwestern Ontario region to further bolster our economy." Other government initiatives to strengthen rural and smaller communities across Ontario include: - Investing more than $200 million to help rural communities improve bridges, roads, solid waste management facilities, water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as to revitalize economies, enhance local skills and increase access to health care services. - Committing $25 million over the last three years for new initiatives to support the continued growth and development of Ontario's wine industry. - Creating the new Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to assist small and medium-sized businesses grow and succeed. Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training. Through the RED program, the Ontario government and its rural partners are building stronger communities that work better for the people who live in them. Since 2003, investments in infrastructure, postsecondary education, research and innovation and key economic sectors have strengthened Ontario's economic advantage and continue to build opportunity. Disponible en français www.omafra.gov.on.ca www.ontarioconserves.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Christopher Flavelle, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3072; Brian Cardy, Rural Investments Branch, (519) 826-3787 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Christopher Flavelle, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3072; Brian Cardy, Rural Investments Branch, (519) 826-3787