Tuesday, September 22, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“The $75,000 Federal Grant money has been earmarked towards a committee interested in the adaptive restoration of the Historic Coleman Collieries Tipple.”
- Shar Lazzarotto  
- Economic Development  


The Crowsnest Pass is one for four rural communities in Alberta that has received $75,000 in federal funding.
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announc-ed Harper Government support for four projects that will strengthen economic opportunities in Alberta.
ÒOur Government, through the Community Adjustment Fund, is investing in western Canadian communities to stimulate economic activity and reduce the impacts of the global recession,” said Minister Prentice. “The projects will contribute towards creating new sources for long-term economic growth and help ensure these communities remain healthy and vibrant places.” “I’m pleased to announce our Government’s support for four projects in Alberta,” said Minister Ambrose. “Investments through Canada’s Economic Action Plan are protecting and creating jobs, building stronger communities, and laying the foundations for our future prosperity.”
The Government of Canada is supporting projects in four rural municipalities in Alberta. Federal funding of $7,262,733 is being provided through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The total investment will enhance services and assist in diversifying the local economies by supporting tourism initiatives.
The Crowsnest Pass Economic Development Board is developing an implementation plan to provide recommendations on establishing a Discovery Centre for the Crowsnest Pass area.
The implementation plan is considered an essential step towards the development of the larger initiative, which will generate new employment opportunities and increased economic activity for the region. “The implementation plan will identify how the Crowsnest Discovery Centre could have a significant economic impact on the community and outline how the facility will reduce the footprint on the land by incorporating adaptive re-use of an existing structure,” said Shar Lazzarotto, Manager of Community Futures Crowsnest Pass. “We expect the facility to provide employment opportunities and economic generation to the community, and fit in well with the developer’s plan for the property and the community’s heritage theme.”
According to Lazzarotto, “The money has been earmarked towards a committee interested in the adaptive reuse of the core structure of Historic Coleman Collieries Tipple as a large scale public heritage culture facility”. The grant was given to the Crowsnest Pass Economic Development Board and will be spear-headed by a sub-committee of the Crowsnest Heritage Initiative Committee including Lazzarotto, Fred Bradley, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass and the owners of the Green Mountain Properties site.
The $75,000 study will look at the feasibility of turning the site into a world class museum and performing arts centre, that will provide exhibition and retail space. If it turns out to be economically feasible, the site could be the future home of the Crowsnest Pass Museum, that could, according to Lazzarotto, “enhance the tourism experience in the Pass”.
Now that the grant has been approved, the Initiative Committee will move forth on the project and new life may be found in the downtown Coleman project.
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