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Winter Cities Forum 2003 gets $68,000 FedNor funding boost
The Sault Star
posted 12/25/2002

The Winter Cities Forum 2003 will be getting a $68,880 boost from FedNor.

The funding announcement was made Friday by Sault Liberal MP Carmen Provenzano on behalf of Andy Mitchell, Secretary of State.

"Sault Ste. Marie has much to offer as a winter and year-round attraction and we are constantly looking for ways to promote the assets of our community," said Provenzano in a release.

"This initiative is consistent without constant effort to forge new partnerships, discuss economic growth strategies and showcase both the city's wide variety of tourist activities and its great potential for development."

The funding will go towards the costs of equipment and room rentals, ground transportation, marketing and promotion and associated administrative and conference expenses.

The forum is scheduled to run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2003.

Topics of discussion will include tourism, economic development, quality of life, economic prosperity through partnerships with aboriginal communities, retention and attraction of youth to Northern winter cities, environmental balance and the link of the Great Lakes Heritage Coast to other communities in the Great Lakes region.

More than 250 delegates from Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and Russia are expected to attend.

"This conference will develop critical arguments for the livability and the unique quality of life that winter cities experience," said Mayor John Rowswell, president of the Winter Cities Forum.

"It will examine issues pertaining to quality of life of Northern communities, eco-tourism and other natural opportunities, and the benefits of balancing industry and our environment."

Funding for this project was provided for in the December 2001 budget and it therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

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