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Sudbury East working on economic development initiatives

Communities to examine agriculture, forestry and tourism projects

The communities of French River-St. Charles and Markstay-Warren will be able to hire an economic development officer (EDO), thanks to some new FedNor funding.

On June 28, the federal government announced the communities, located east of Sudbury, will jointly receive $210,000, which will go toward the hiring of an EDO for a three-year period.

Once hired, the EDO will be tasked with forming strategic alliances with local businesses; developing economic development strategies for the agriculture, forestry and tourism sectors; and implementing an investment readiness plan and workforce attraction and retention strategy.

"We are proud to partner with the Government of Canada through FedNor to maximize the economic potential of the Sudbury East region,” said Claude Bouffard, board chair of Economic Partners Sudbury East-West Nipissing, in a news release.

“Today’s announcement will allow us to hire a highly skilled Economic Development Officer to advance a number of priority projects that will help diversify the economy, stimulate growth and attract new private sector investment to the area."

The funding comes from FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.