The federal government is investing close to $600,000 in Dryden. Kenora MP Bob Nault was in Dryden last night to make the announcement. Part of the funding will go towards hiring an economic development officer over a three year period, for the city. Nault touched on why the governement is stepping in to help.
"Dryden is getting funding for an economic development officer, as is Pickle Lake as an example, because these are communities that have had a huge down turn in their economy. Has had issues with loss of a lot of employment. So, this is Canada's and Ontario's, and I would assume the municipality's, way of saying we can work this out together. We can find solutions, and to put the fincaial resources in their hands, that they can't afford to do right now. Make sure Dryden doesn't get left behind, and we keep moving forward," he said.
The economic development officer's main job is to promote the city and the surrounding area.
$320,000 is going toward the Patricia Area Community Endeavours for a one year period. The funding will enable the not-for-profit, business focused organization to provide small and medium sized local enterprises with business counselling and access to capital, and support for strategic planning and community economic development initiatives.
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