I hope the year gone by has been a great one for you all. As I look back on 2012, it’s nice to be able to reflect on how our community has grown and improved.
In 2012, your NDP government invested more than $100,000 to support the newly-established Acadia Centre for Rural Innovation. This centre will focus on economic development in rural Nova Scotia with projects unique to our province. Similarly, we contributed $30,000 to develop a Tidal Energy Toolkit with Acadia that will help our rural communities and businesses develop opportunities related to tidal energy. We also helped a number of small companies, including Colibri Software, Pie R Squared, Fox Hill Cheese House and VITIS Moible Winery Services through the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.
The Winery Association of Nova Scotia also received a grant of $24,445 to develop new products, increase sales and enhance the tourism potential of Nova Scotia's Wine Country, something that is very exciting for our area.
We celebrated the historic and cultural landscape of Grand Pré becoming Nova Scotia’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 29, 2012 (in 2011, your NDP government provided funding to Nomination Grand Pré to support the application). We have also committed $2.5 million to Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Stewardship Board to support the management of the site. This designation, and all that comes with it, is great news for our local economy and community members. Once again, congratulations and thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly on the UNESCO project.
Also in 2012, Coldbrook and District Lion’s Club received $20,000 to rebuild the screen at the very popular Valley Drive-In. The Black River Community Club also received $25,000 to help rebuild their community centre.
These are just a few of the organizations that your NDP government was able to assist in the past year. In addition to benefiting these organizations directly, it’s important to remember that these funding commitments will have a lasting impact on our people and our community as a whole.
The year 2013 promises to exciting. Our government recently released an update to our five-year road plan, which includes work planned for our area. Legislation to protect people that enter into cell phone contracts will also soon come into effect. I am also excited for what opportunities lay ahead for new businesses in our area.
As always, I welcome any of your questions or concerns. Feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or phone, 902-681-3741.