Regional Development Corporation

Province to assist in development of Bathurst industrial park (09/03/09)

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March 9, 2009

BATHURST (CNB) - The province is investing $340,000 to assist in the development of Bathurst's industrial park in order to make the city more attractive to businesses. Environment Minister Roland Haché, who is minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative, made the announcement today.

"To attain our goal of self-sufficiency, we need adequate tools to make Bathurst and northern New Brunswick a place in which to invest, and to create new opportunities," said Haché. "The Province of New Brunswick is proud to invest in this important strategic infrastructure project."


Joining Haché for the announcement were Brian Kenny, minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat, and Scott Ferguson, deputy mayor of Bathurst.

Funding provided under the government's $100-million Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative will be used to make service improvements to the industrial park, which is located in East Bathurst.

"The City of Bathurst is very pleased to hear this announcement," said Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet. "The development of our industrial park is a priority for economic development which translates into job creation. This development will provide the tools necessary to attract new businesses."

The Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative is a four-year undertaking that expires in March 2012. It funds strategic investments in three priority areas: transportation, business and strategic infrastructure. Eligible areas for assistance include those defined by the Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula and Miramichi Community economic development agencies, including Rogersville.


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