News release

Cheticamp Main Street Funding Announced

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Cheticamp Main Street Funding Announced


The Nova Scotia government is helping the people of Cheticamp revitalize the main street through their community.

Peter Christie, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said the province will contribute $200,000 towards the Cheticamp Main Street Enhancement Project. The project includes replacing and extending sidewalks, new lighting, paving and rest areas as Cheticamp prepares for the 2004 World Acadian Congress.

"Tourism is a huge industry in Cheticamp and the community is to be commended for taking on this ambitious project," Mr. Christie said. "These improvements will help make a visit to Cheticamp an even more pleasant experience."

La Societe Saint-Pierre, the community group spearheading the project, estimates that tourism brings more than $12 million a year in direct revenues to Cheticamp and supports more than 300 direct and indirect jobs in the area.

"Cheticamp is fast becoming a major tourism destination in Nova Scotia," said Lisette Cormier, executive director of La Societe Saint Pierre. "This project will help the community further develop this growing industry and create more jobs for Nova Scotians."

The province's contribution is split between Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations ($135,000) and Transportation and Public Works ($65,000).

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Contact:

David MacNeil
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-6336 E-mail:
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