RRFDC lands $80,000 grant

During a stop in Fort Frances yesterday, Thunder Bay MP Joe Comuzzi, minister of state (FedNor), announced FedNor has given $80,000 to the Rainy River Future Development Corp. to create future business and job opportunities as identified in the organization’s strategic plan.
Serving the Fort Frances and Rainy River area, the RRFDC will explore opportunities in trade development investment and attraction as well as business retention and expansion—identified as important areas in its strategic plan.
Specific initiatives include targeted trade and investment marketing, exploration, development, and promotion of commercial and industrial land and airport infrastructure, business workshops, and an expanded tourism program—a key sector in the region’s economy.
Diversification efforts include attracting businesses related to value-added wood products and machining.
“Investing in economic development initiatives is vital in sustaining and increasing employment to fuel the economy of Northern Ontario,” said Comuzzi.
“Through this funding, Rainy River Future Development Corp. will continue to be a catalyst for business enhancement initiatives by pursuing priority community projects.
“The Government of Canada has made stimulating job creation and promoting tourism projects in the north a top priority,” he added.
“Over the past two years, FedNor has invested over $1.8 million in this CFDC’s efforts to foster economic development and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to the Fort Frances and Rainy River area.”
FedNor funding of $80,000 will be applied toward consultant fees, workshops, promotional materials, and other costs associated with activities outlined by the strategic plan.
“This funding allows us to explore such initiatives as the development of regional economic marketing tools, the upgrade of the Fort Frances Industrial Park, the continuation of small business training seminars, and the creation of new tourism ventures,” said RRFDC chair Telford Advent.
“These endeavours are certain to provide a significant positive contribution towards the development of business and job opportunities in the region,” he added.
FedNor works in partnership with Northern Ontario economic development stakeholders, key tourism partners, and community organizations to ensure northerners enjoy full access to the information and services they require to be successful.