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News Release

November 20, 2008

RADF Announces $1.6 Million for Three Rural Projects

Projects Focus on New Technologies, Tourism and Community Development

Tofield – Rural Alberta’s Development Fund (RADF) announced funding today of $1.6 million for three new rural Alberta projects. The funding will help rural communities grow their economies and help Aboriginal communities and local municipalities address community needs.

The Project Summit program is being developed by the non-profit AlbertaFirst.com as a means of levelling the playing field for rural economic development officers. RADF’s investment of $1 million will allow AlbertaFirst.com to develop an all new set of on-line tools, resources and training materials for its 200 member organizations, which include most small cities, towns, counties and municipal districts in Alberta.

The Wainwright Buffalo National Park Interpretive Centre Foundation gets $344,965 in funding to develop the Buffalo Adventures Marketing Initiative. This program brings together a number of rural tourism opportunities located in the regions surrounding Provost and Wainwright, and offering them to the public as a visitor’s package.

A $272,330 funding contribution from RADF will allow the Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association to build a new program called Common Ground, which will develop a relationship plan and tool kit for use by Aboriginal groups, communities and municipal governments. This program will be piloted in High Prairie, Slave lake, Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House.

“These projects will provide rural Alberta’s communities with the tools and training they need in order to maintain and improve their quality of life,” commented Bob Clark, RADF Chair.

“These initiatives demonstrate the Government of Alberta’s ongoing commitment to promoting economically strong and socially vibrant rural communities,’’ said Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minister George Groeneveld.

Rural Alberta’s Development Fund is a not-for-profit company that inspires innovation, collaboration and growth across rural Alberta. It is funded by the Government of Alberta and is a key implementation initiative of Alberta’s Rural Development Strategy. More information is available at www.ruralalbertasfund.com

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Direct media enquiries to:
Godfrey Huybregts, Director of Communications, Rural Alberta’s Development Fund
T: 1.877.940.7233 C: 780.953.0525