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Heritage tourism project funded

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The province is investing $250,000 into Phase II of the local Heritage Tourism Project, helping Fort Frances bring its heritage to life through exciting improvements to tourism attractions.

Through its Rural Economic Development Program, the province is committing a quarter-million dollars to help the town:

•develop a waterfront heritage route;

•relocate the lookout tower; and

•develop an “interpretive centre” and new signage to showcase history and local attractions.

“The McGuinty government is pleased to help the Town of Fort Frances

share its rich heritage while ensuring its future economic growth,” said

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs minister Leona Dombrowsky.

“The Town of Fort Frances is excited to receive funding through the Rural

Economic Development Program for our ongoing project,” said Mayor Roy Avis.

“Based on the results of a business retention and expansion study in 2005, and with the completion of Phase I of the Heritage Tourism Project in 2007, moving ahead with Phase II will bring us closer to our economic development goals,” he added.

The project is expected to bring in more tourists and create jobs, according to the province.

Since 2003, Ontario has invested $50 million in 158 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program, which is used to invest in community-based projects in three priority areas:

•improved access to health care services;

•revitalized communities and downtowns; and

•enhanced skills training.

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