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THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS IN SHEET HARBOUR

 

August 29, 2008 - Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

The commercial area of Sheet Harbour will see significant
improvements thanks to an investment by the Government of
Canada.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence
and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(ACOA), today announced funding totaling $500,000 for
streetscape improvements along the main commercial section
of Sheet Harbour which will lead to increased economic
opportunities for local residents and businesses.

“This investment will revitalize the main commercial area
in Sheet Harbour and will have significant economic spin-
offs for the surrounding area,” said Minister MacKay “This
project demonstrates our Government’s commitment and its
efforts to strengthen economic development infrastructure
in rural communities and improve the quality of life for
area residents.”

Funding for this project will support the community's
purchase of signage, trees, pedestrian lighting and street
furniture. These upgrades will be integrated into a larger
municipal infrastructure initiative currently in
development. The materials funded under this ACOA project
will help link the community and increase pedestrian
activity, while helping to create new business, tourism and
cultural growth.

The Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce, which works to
identify new economic development opportunities for the
area, is leading the project. As a result of its efforts,
the Community of Sheet Harbour is also contributing
$343,420 to this streetscape initiative.

“The Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce recognizes that the
area has not benefited from the strong growth of other
larger urban and sub urban areas,” said Tom McInnes,
President of the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce. “We are
pleased that ACOA is assisting in the growth and
development of such a potential economic booster for the
area.”

The greater community of Sheet Harbour and area has
endorsed a Master Plan that, over time, would lead to
improvements in both quality of life and realized economic
opportunities.

ACOA’s investment is being made through the Innovative
Communities Fund (ICF), which focuses on investments that
lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building
in rural communities.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

The community of Sheet Harbour will receive $500,000 from
the Government of Canada to begin the revitalization of its
main commercial district. The announcement was made in
Sheet Harbour today by National Defence and ACOA Minister
Peter MacKay. The minister said the revitalization effort
is designed to improve the quality of life for area
residents and to attract new investment to the community.
The federal funds will be used to upgrade the streetscape
in the community’s commercial district, including enhanced
sidewalks and street lighting, as well as the planting of
new trees and improved signage.

For Information:
David Harrigan
Media Relations Officer
ACOA Nova Scotia
902-221-1435

Tom McInnis
President
Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce
902- 885-2645