Minister Clement announces investment to support community economic development in East Algoma region

PLUMMER ADDITIONAL, Ontario, March 14, 2012 – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $50,000 to help develop and implement an economic development strategy for the East Algoma Region.

“Empowering communities to take charge of their economic future is a key priority for the Government of Canada,” said Minister Clement. “Today’s announcement will help enhance the economic outlook for the East Algoma region and position communities throughout the area for sustainable growth.”

The FedNor funding will be used to develop an economic development strategy and regional opportunities plan for the East Algoma region. Specifically, the investment will help five neighbouring municipalities identify local priorities and capitalize on regional opportunities. Participating communities include Plummer Additional and Johnson townships, Thessalon, Bruce Mines and the Municipality of Huron Shores.

“We are proud to work in partnership with the Government of Canada to build a strong, self-sustaining economy for the East Algoma region,” said Mayor Beth West, Township of Plummer Additional. “This FedNor investment will help identify and maximize the use of regional resources while providing partner communities with access to the tools they need to make informed decisions.”

Funding for this project was provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports initiatives that strengthen community economic development, enhance business growth and facilitate innovation throughout the region.

To find out more about FedNor, visit: fednor.gc.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Sean Osmar
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
613-957-2666

Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer
FedNor
705-671-0715 or 1-877-333-6673 Ext 303

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