FedNor grants $100,500 for Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce intern, offices public WiFi
GRAVENHURST — The old library here has taken on some new life with the Chamber of Commerce moving its office and Service Ontario bureau into the downtown.
Now the federal government is adding its two cents — or at least $100,000 — through its Industry Canada/FedNor agency.
MP Tony Clement was at the Centennial Centre Friday to announce “an investment in jobs, growth and the long-term prosperity in Gravenhurst.”
This investment of $100,500 — to be exact — will enable the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to hire a youth intern and help establish a business and service centre in downtown Gravenhurst.
Once completed, the centre will offer visitor information services and feature office space for local businesses to host meetings and seminars, shared space for art and community exhibits and a public area with free WiFi services.
Identified as a strategic priority by the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce and its members, this investment supports the community’s downtown revitalization strategy and will contribute to the economic growth of the region.
Clement said: “Our government is proud to invest in key projects that support businesses and create jobs, growth, and prosperity across Northern Ontario. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada is on the right track: balancing the budget, lowering taxes, and building our economy.”
Bob Collins, president of the Chamber of Commerce, added: “Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates the economic opportunities that can be created through collaboration with FedNor and our community partners.
“I am confident that this initiative will help create new jobs and development opportunities, and further position the Town of Gravenhurst as open for business.”
The money couldn’t come at a better time as the core of the community is facing more business closures leaving vacant storefronts as the summer season is upon it — and the community rallies to save its businesses.
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