Sault Ste. Marie M.P.P. Ross Romano took the podium in the South Ballroom of the Quattro Hotel this morning to speak to members of the local business community just prior to a Breakfast and Fireside Chat hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.
Since taking office, Mr. Romano has worked tirelessly to ensure Sault Ste. Marie remains a serious contender for the NorOnt Ferrochrome Facility in a fierce competition with Sudbury, Timmins and Thunder Bay. The project will translate into thousands of jobs for the chosen location.
Romano pointed out that NorOnt, like many of the business owners present at the event, is very passionate about their business, commitment for safety and the relationships they form within the communities they operate in. The support they receive from communities like Sault Ste. Marie will be a significant factor in their final decision for the location of the new Ferrochrome Processing Facility.
“They want to be wanted…”, said Romano. “Community support is the biggest most critical part of this bid.
Romano urged everyone to ask questions, voice concerns and educate themselves about what this “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” would mean for Sault Ste. Marie if our bid was successful. Ontario is one of the most highly regulated provinces in Canada when it comes to environmental concerns and even after the location is selected this February, it will still be several years of assessments, permits, consultations and other processes before a shovel hits the ground. Something that NorOnt has already committed $100 million dollars towards.