News release

Downtown Revitalization Continues

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Downtown Revitalization Continues


SYDNEY MINES, N.S.--A community-driven downtown revitalization endeavour is set to enter its next phase in Sydney Mines.

The Sydney Mines Renewal Association, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will continue infrastructure improvements in the downtown.

Government funding for the project was announced during an event at the Carman United Church Hall in Sydney Mines today.

The total estimated cost is $700,000. The Province of Nova Scotia will contribute $275,000 through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program run by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Enterprise Cape Breton will contribute $275,000 through the Fisheries Restructuring Adjustment Measures Program (FRAM). The Cape Breton Regional Municipality will contribute $150,000.

The project is expected to result in a number of short-term jobs during construction, and eight full-time positions as a result of future private-sector investment.

The work on the downtown core of the community is an important component of a larger strategy to bring about new economic activity while contributing to a revitalized community spirit.

Phase 2 work will extend from Main Street at the railroad tracks to the Fraser Avenue intersection and will include key community infrastructure necessary to encourage new private-sector investment in the downtown core.

"The pulse of any community is its downtown, and it has been the people of Sydney Mines who rallied strong to take control of their economic future," said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
"This is a positive development that benefits the entire community, its residents and its economy -- one that will have long lasting effects," he said. "The province is pleased to build on our investment and help clear the way to a stronger local economy."

"This community has turned its deep concern about the economic decline of Sydney Mines into action," said Mark Eyking, member of Parliament for Sydney Victoria, speaking on behalf of Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Enterprise Cape Breton Corp. "The Government of Canada is pleased to work in partnership with this community organization as it spearheads projects that are fostering growth and development."

"The ongoing support we have received to improve our community's economy is greatly appreciated," said Rev. Karen Ralph, chair of the Sydney Mines Renewal Association. "Without support from all levels of government, this community-developed renewal and revitalization strategy would not have proceeded as fast as it has, or to the extent that it has."

The Sydney Mines Renewal Association was established in 1998 to foster economic development and renewal projects in the downtown core of Sydney Mines and to improve the social and economic well-being of the entire community.

The present focus of the volunteer organization is on projects that revitalize the downtown area. Phase 1 of the program involved the rehabilitation and restoration of downtown structures following a common design theme which enhanced the image and economic viability of the downtown.

Federal funding for this project was provided for in the February 2000 Federal budget and is therefore built into the existing financial framework.

In June 1998, the Government of Canada announced that $93.8 million would be set aside for the economic-development component of the $730 million Fisheries Restructuring and Adjustment Measures (FRAM) in the four Atlantic provinces.

The amount available for affected communities in Nova Scotia is $21.3 million. This amount is available over three years for long-term, sustainable economic-development initiatives in communities and areas in Nova Scotia affected by the permanent downsizing of the Atlantic groundfishery.

On Cape Breton Island, ECBC works in partnership with key regional and community development stakeholders to implement the economic development initiatives of the FRAM program.


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A community-driven downtown revitalization project got some

good news today. Phase 2 of the Sydney Mines Revitalization

Project received 700-thousand dollars from the three levels of

government.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Angus MacIsaac, M-P Mark Eyking

and Mayor John Morgan made the announcement today at Carman

United Church in Sydney Mines.

The province and ECBC will contribute 275-thousand dollars

each and Cape Breton Regional Municipality will contribute 150-

thousand dollars.

Phase 2 work will extend from Main Street at the railroad

tracks to the Fraser Avenue intersection and will include key

community infrastructure necessary to encourage new private

sector investment in the downtown core.

The project is expected to result in a number of short-term

jobs during construction, and eight full-time positions as a

result of future private-sector investment.

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Contact:

Robyn McIsaac
Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations 902-424-6336 Cell: 920-478-7655
Mark Eyking, MP
902-567-6275
D.A. Landry
Enterprise Cabe Breton Corp. 902-564-3617 Fax: 902-564-3825
Jennifer Savoy
Robert Thibault's Office 613-941-7291 Fax: 613-941-7844
Rev. Karen Ralph
Chair, Sydney Mines Renewal Association 902-736-6217