Federal Funding For Economic Development And PACE

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 07:27 AM

The City of Dryden has received more than $278,000 in federal funding to hire an Economic Development Officer for three years.

The position has been vacant for a number of years and Chief Administrative Officer Ernie Remillard says he's grateful for the support in order to help move the community forward.

Remillard says the successful applicant will be tasked with some significant growth that he is anticipating.

He stresses they have to find ways to drum up additional revenue stream and securing an EDO is critical in their long term vision.

Remillard says the EDO will be responsible for growing their commercial base, and establishing Dryden as a true "Community Hub".

He says there's huge opportunities for the community and they will be pushing for growth in order to support local businesses.

Remillard expects to have the job posting up sometime in the next two weeks.

The funding is part of a federal plan to help municipalities who are struggling with economic development.

Meantime, Patricia Area Community Endeavours is receiving its yearly allotment of $320,000 to help support small and medium-sized enterprises with business counselling and access to capital.