Atikokan gets FedNor funding

Ken Boshcoff, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, announced last Wednesday FedNor support of $129,750 to the Township of Atikokan for two projects.
Of the total, $73,500 will be applied to market the 40th Anniversary and Reunion of the Outers Adventure Program as a tourist draw. An additional $56,250 will be applied to develop new business space from a vacant downtown building.
The Outers Anniversary initiative involves developing marketing materials for the 12-day event in July 2005. Developed by Atikokan High School, the Outers program—now known as Quetico Adventure School—combines the benefit of a regular high school academic education with opportunities for experiential learning through outdoor expeditions and recreation.
“Investing in initiatives to foster diversification, enhance tourism and create jobs is a high priority of the Government of Canada,” said Boshcoff.
“This funding assists this community in capitalizing on opportunities to market the area as a prime tourism destination,” he added.
A film profiling the Outer’s program history will be sold at the reunion and distributed to local organizations, schools and broadcasting companies as a promotional tool for the anniversary events and to attract tourists to the region.
An art mural, painted by local high school students, will be installed on Atikokan’s Main Street.
As well, a 150-page hardcover book of pictures and stories provided by former Outers is being developed.
In the second project, Atikokan will create new space for entrepreneurial development by demolishing a vacant downtown building known as Sunset Mall.
The structure, owned by the township, is prohibitively expensive to renovate due to age and condition.
“We are eager to profile the exciting Outers Anniversary program, as well as showcase the beauty of our area and help the local economy by attracting more visitors,” said Warren Paulson, Clerk/Town Manager of Atikokan.
“In addition, the demolition of the mall building will help meet an identified critical need for business space accessible for development,” he added.
By supporting the Township of Atikokan through its programs and services, FedNor is opening doors and building futures for a prosperous Northern Ontario.
Funding for these initiatives was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
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