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NDP MLA Brittny Anderson says double the funding for rural projects will help people in the Kootenays

April 11, 2023 at 4:00 pm  Politics, Provincial

KOOTENAYS – New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says that double the funding for B.C.’s newest economic diversification program will enable municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations to complete more projects in rural communities, including the Kootenays.

“The Kootenays are filled with talented and knowledgeable business experts, and they have local insights into economic growth and infrastructure development to help build healthy and sustainable communities,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “Our government is investing in economic diversification in rural communities to lift up budding entrepreneurs, improve non-profit services, and explore new clean energy sources. I am thrilled that these investments will help our communities thrive!”

The Kootenays are receiving $1,923,952.00 as part of the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP) to promote economic diversification, clean economy opportunities and infrastructure development in rural B.C.

  • Kootenay Employment Service Society’s Entrepreneurship Development (RED) Program – $916,780.00
  • Kootenay Association for Science and Technology’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program – $398,445.00
  • Village of Kaslo’s Kaslo Economic Infrastructure Acceleration Project – $100,000.00
  • Kootenay Lake Historical Society’s Responsible Tourism, Education, and Project Management          project – $100,000.00
  • Lardeau Valley LINKS Capacity Building project – $99,986.00
  • South Kootenay Lake Community Service Society’s Kootenay Lake Geothermal Exploration project – $99,985.00
  • Community Futures Central Kootenay’s West Kootenay Recruitment Agency project – $80,000.00
  • Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society’s Milford Ridge Trail Feasibility Assessment project – $79,556.00
  • Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce’s West Kootenay Boundary 3PL Distribution Hub Feasibility project – $49,200.00

The New Democrat government is investing $66 million this year to support over 200 local, rural projects. Building resilient economies is part of the Province’s work through the StrongerBC Economic Plan to build a strong and sustainable economy through clean and inclusive growth.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28526

 

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