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News Release

May 13, 2009

Northern Alberta Rural Projects get $2.3 Million from RADF

Quality of Life and Economic Development Get a Boost

Tofield – Rural Alberta’s Development Fund (RADF) announced funding today of $2.3 million for two new rural Alberta projects. The funding will help rural communities generate more economic development in the Peace Region and provide more community outreach and support in High Level.

An investment of $1.89 million will help develop the Peace Region as Alberta’s newest dinosaur destination. The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative will bring economic development to the region through increased tourism and educational programs.

Funding of $450,150 will allow the development of the High Level Community Outreach Project. This daytime outreach program will assist the area’s homeless and transient population to maintain healthier and more productive lifestyles.

“These innovative projects will allow a number of northern communities to deal with existing challenges and opportunities. We are pleased to be able to support their efforts,” commented Bob Clark, RADF Chair.

“These projects in the Peace Region and High Level will enhance the quality of life and encourage economic development for rural Albertans in these areas,” said Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minister George Groeneveld. “We are committed to ensuring the vibrancy and sustainability of our rural communities as they are vital contributors to the prosperity of our province.”

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

 

BACKGROUNDER

Summary of Approved Projects

May 13, 2009

PIPESTONE CREEK DINOSAUR INITIATIVE
Fund contribution is $1.89 million

RADF funding will help the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative position the Peace Region as Alberta’s next great dinosaur destination. It will open the region for tourism, education and economic development while offering stewardship of a rich paleontological resource in northwest Alberta.

The Pipestone Creek Bone Bed, 30 kilometers southwest of the town of Wembley, is considered one of the five richest bone beds in the world and contains fossils approximately 70 million years old.

This initiative is a partnership between the County of Grande Prairie, Royal Tyrell Museum, Palaeontological Society of the Peace, Peace Region Economic Development Alliance, Grande Prairie Regional College, City of Grande Prairie, Town of Wembley, Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Grande Prairie Museum, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association, Community Futures Grande Prairie and Northern Alberta Development Council.

Expected results include:

  • Creation of a Northern Dinosaur Trail
  • More tourism and economic benefits
  • Development of the Pipestone Creek Bone Bed as a world-class outdoor classroom
  • Increased college level educational opportunities
  • Development of an economic diversification model that can be adapted by other communities in Alberta

Contact: Jack O’Toole, Chair, Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative.
T: 780.831.7598
jotoole@countygp.ab.ca

HIGH LEVEL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT
Fund contribution is $450,150

Funding from RADF allows for the creation of a 24-hour community outreach centre in High Level. Day programming will be developed to complement the existing overnight shelter services provided to the homeless. Daytime services for homeless and transient people in High Level will include health screenings, addiction counseling and employment assistance.

This project is being developed by the Ten Thousand Five Remedial House Society which is a partnership between the Community Futures Northwest Alberta, the Action North Recovery Centre and Northern Light Mental Health.

Expected results include:

  • Proactive outreach services to the transient and homeless population of High Level
  • Better relationships between service providers and local businesses
  • Currently homeless and transient people will lead healthier and more productive lifestyles

Contact: Clark McAskile, Executive Director, Ten Thousand Five Remedial House Society.
T: 780.926.3113
director@actionnorth.org
www.actionnorth.org