Executive Council
Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
June 16, 2016

Economic Opportunities Strengthened by Infrastructure Upgrades

Provincial Government Investment Enhances Tourism Opportunities in Corner Brook

Through a $250,000 investment, the Provincial Government is assisting theCity of Corner Brook to improve infrastructure and strengthen tourism opportunities in the region. Funding will support the implementation of the Downtown Urban Action Plan and upcoming construction in order to enhance downtown infrastructure in Corner Brook, shaping it into a unique tourism destination and community focal point.

“Our government is dedicated to the growth and sustainability of Newfoundland and Labrador’s communities and projects of this nature hold significant potential for economic progress while also maintaining our heritage. Our government is pleased to support the City of Corner Brook through this $250,000 investment. Through the implementation of the Downtown Urban Action Plan and upcoming construction, I’m confident this project will enhance the downtown infrastructure in Corner Brook, creating a welcoming space for the enjoyment of both visitors and residents alike.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The City of Corner Brook has been working on the development of the downtown area since the early 2000’s. Now moving into the construction phase of the project, the planned development will include a new wayfinding information centre, signage, as well as enhanced marketing initiatives which will include the introduction of a mobile app.

“This is a promising development for Corner Brook, a community that has been unyielding in their commitment to this initiative. Tourism has tremendous potential the region and when this project is complete, it will be an excellent asset to the entire community. The implementation of the Downtown Urban Action Plan will help draw resident and non-resident visitors alike to learn of the history and culture of the area. Undoubtedly, this initiative will have a positive impact on Corner Brook’s tourism potential.”
- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

Through the city’s strong understanding of the tourism market, Corner Brook has situated itself as a choice destination and is continuing the historical work between the City of Corner Brook and the Downtown Business Association. The proximity of Corner Brook’s downtown with an array of amenities and attractions, provides a high-quality experience for travellers transitioning through the Deer Lake Airport, those visiting the Great Northern Peninsula and Gros Morne National Park, our guests to Marble Mountain, and tourists that comes to this province through Port aux Basques.

“We sincerely appreciate and want to thank the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for investing in Corner Brook and supporting the Downtown Revitalization Project: Downtown Urban Design Action Plan. We are grateful to the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development for the support. This sustainable project will encourage economic development through business investment, tourism, and increased pedestrian traffic and patronage of businesses by making Downtown Corner Brook more attractive to investors, visitors, and residents.”
- Charles Pender, Mayor or Corner Brook

Funding was made available through the Regional Development Program which provides support to organizations for the development and implementation of economic initiatives that encourage regional and industry development, diversification and innovation. Under the program, financial assistance is provided in the form of non-repayable contributions, to a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible total project costs.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government is assisting theCity of Corner Brook improve infrastructure and strengthen tourism opportunities in the region through a $250,000 investment that will support the implementation of the Downtown Urban Action Plan and upcoming construction.

  • Once complete, the downtown development will include a new wayfinding information centre, signage, as well as enhanced marketing initiatives which will include the introduction of a mobile app.

  • The Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development offers a wide range of programs that support the development and implementation of economic initiatives. Additional information on programs can be found at: www.btcrd.gov.nl.ca/.

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Media contacts:

Nancy O’Connor
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-689-1825
nancyoconnor@gov.nl.ca
Erin Curran
Communications Specialist
Office of the Premier
709-725-9231
ErinCurran@gov.nl.ca
Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
709-729-4570, 693-1865
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca
Bonita Decaire
City of Corner Brook
709-637-1662
bdecaire@cornerbrook.com

2016 06 16                                                                  4:10 p.m.