Port of Algoma Ahead of Schedule

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Here’s the latest edition of the Weekly Activity Report from the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC):

· The Port of Algoma project is moving forward at an impressive rate. In fact, it’s ahead of schedule. On Wednesday, Anshumali Dwivedi, CEO of the Port of Algoma, provided an update during the annual general meeting of the local Chamber of Commerce. Launched last year with support from all levels of government, the first phase of the project included planning, design, environmental assessments and First Nations consultations. That work, which was originally scheduled to take much longer to finish, was completed earlier this year. As such, phase two is set to begin shortly. When fully operational, the Port of Algoma will provide significant economic and employment benefits by making it considerably cheaper to transport products to, from and through the Sault. With these advantages, the SSMEDC has been working with Port of Algoma officials since Day 1.

· In the SSMEDC’s efforts to help create and retain jobs while generating wealth in the community, John Febbraro, Director of Business Development, attended a Board meeting for Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC) last week. ONEDC is a group made up of economic development reps from the five major urban centres in Northern Ontario, including the SSMEDC. With funding from senior levels of government, the organization undertakes strategic initiatives that benefit each urban centre and the region as a whole. ONEDC previously unveiled a business and investment attraction initiative. The group is now rolling out a Phase 3 Northern Ontario Export Program to help firms export their products. For anyone looking to take advantage of the program, contact John Febbraro at 705-759-2546 or [email protected]

· Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is currently planning two major events for the community. From November 16 to 18, the city is hosting the 2015 Northern Ontario Tourism Summit. The forum is facilitated by Tourism Northern Ontario (TNO) and Nature and Outdoors Tourism Ontario (NOTO), with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie leading the steering committee. The summit brings together industry reps from across the region for education and networking opportunities. Organizers hope the event will attract 400 delegates, which would generate a direct economic impact of roughly $200,000. For registration and other info, visit http://northernontariotourismsummit.ca/. Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is also hosting its 2015 Awards on November 5. For ticket details, visit www.reservations.saulttourism.com.

· The SSMEDC is seeking proposals from proponents to undertake renovation work to the groomer bay area at Searchmont Ski Resort. The Request For Proposal is available online at www.sault-canada.com. Submissions to the RFP are due October 21. The SSMEDC purchased the ski resort in December 2014. The acquisition, expected to be short term, was needed to ensure the attraction remained open. Since buying the resort, the SSMEDC and Searchmont Ski Association have undertaken a number of renovations to the site. The pending improvements to the groomer bay area follows a long list of enhancements in progress, including upgrades to the ski lifts and snow-making equipment. Made possible with investments from senior levels of government, these initiatives will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the ski resort.

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