Regional Development Corporation

Sod-turning in rural community of Upper Miramichi (10/06/12)

NB 961

June 12, 2010

UPPER MIRAMICHI (CNB) - All three levels of government are investing in a multi-functional community centre that will serve the 16 communities comprising the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi.

A sod-turning ceremony held today was attended by Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer; Miramichi MP Tilly-O'Neill Gordon; and Scott Clowater, mayor of the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi.

"Today's event is another milestone for this important community infrastructure project for the Upper Miramichi region," said Brewer. "The economic, social and community benefits of this project will be felt immediately and for many years to come."

Brewer was speaking on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

"The Government of Canada, through the Economic Action Plan, has taken steps to stimulate the economy, create jobs in rural New Brunswick and support communities hit hardest by the global economic downturn," said O'Neill Gordon. "Our government is proud to contribute to the construction of the new 315-sq.-m (3,500-sq.-ft.) multi-functional community centre portion of this facility, which will provide a venue to deliver essential community services to area residents."

The project - a multi-functional community centre for Boiestown and surrounding areas - is designed to foster economic and social activity in the community. It will provide space for youth and area residents to promote and undertake entrepreneurial initiatives. Local economic development agencies and municipal staff will use offices there to provide services to the communities forming the rural community.

"Since incorporation, the focus has been on the economic development of the Upper Miramichi," said Clowater. "Having a space for businesses to obtain access to information, network, and seek the assistance they need as they expand or start their entrepreneurial ventures is a positive step forward. We are pleased to work with our provincial and federal governments to provide this service to our residents."

The federal government is investing $200,000 under the Community Adjustment Fund, an economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The provincial government is also investing $200,000. The Rural Community of Upper Miramichi will provide the remaining $181,000.



MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Stéphanie Bilodeau, communications, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - New Brunswick, 506-452-3034,; Scott Clowater, mayor, Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, 506-369-9810,