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April 09, 2013
Governments of Canada and nova scotia invest in projects to support shelburne county’s economic development
HELBURNE (NS) – APRIL 9, 2013 – Funding for four projects designed to build capacity and opportunities in key industries in Shelburne County was announced today by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).  Minister Shea was joined by Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Atlantic Gateway for the announcement.

“Our Government is pleased to invest in the expansion and continued growth of Shelburne’s marine and tourism sectors,” said Minister Shea. “Investments such as these help open new markets, create jobs, growth and prosperity, and provide needed infrastructure for industry expansion.”
  • An investment of $496,294, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, enables the Municipality of the District of Shelburne to transform 30 acres of land in the Shelburne Industrial Park into investment-ready lots for marine sector businesses. The Municipality will construct a road connecting to the existing Industrial Park and extend power, water and sewer services to the lots.
  • A business loan of $208,107 through ACOA’s Business Development Program enables Kenney & Ross Limited to complete a variety of building upgrades. The company manufactures a full line of Kosher and Halal-certified fish gelatins, collagens and adhesives for global pharmaceutical, food and technical markets. Upgrades are being undertaken to the ceilings, walls and floors in the company’s production areas.
  • An investment of $35,250 through ACOA’s Business Development Program to assist Aylward Fibreglass Incorporated (AFI), in hiring necessary expertise to obtain certification to manufacture and export its fiberglass fuel tanks.  The company is an industry leader in developing new eco-friendly products for export―including non-metallic fuel tanks.
  • An investment of $42,750 through ACOA’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports the Municipality of the District of Barrington as they complete work on the Seal Island Light Museum. The work will enable visitors to have continued access to the look-off area at the top of the structure. The Museum is a replica of the lighthouse that was constructed on the site in 1831.

“Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the next phase of growth for Shelburne County’s marine and tourism sectors,” said MP Keddy. “These investments will allow these companies and the Municipalities of Barrington and Shelburne to pursue strategic economic and tourism development opportunities, help to identify and exploit local strengths and assists them in positioning themselves for long-term growth.”

The Province of Nova Scotia is also investing $21,375 in the Seal Island Light Museum through the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism.

“Lighthouses have a special place in the hearts of Nova Scotians. They are an iconic symbol of our marine heritage and evoke strong emotions,” said MLA Sterling Belliveau on behalf of Economic and Rural and Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Investments like the one in this replica lighthouse help attract new visitors to our province and grow our economy.”
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