In 2017 the Community Development Corporation for Sault and Area (CDC) celebrated 30 years in operation. To mark the date, the Board set aside $20,000 to assist community partners with projects that promoted community economic and social development in our region.
This program is now complete and we are happy to announce that we were able to partner with 9 community groups on a variety of projects. Our financial contribution combined with local organizations resulted in $378,650 worth of investments in projects the Sault and Area.
Chairperson Jerry Dolcetti commented that “we are very pleased with the results, not only in terms of dollars invested, but also the strategic manner in which these projects addressed some of the recommendations found in the City’s Community Adjustment Report. These are the types of collaborative efforts that will be required to ensure that process moves forward successfully.”
Dan Friyia, Executive Director furthered Dolcetti’s comments stating, “that the CED Fund was a first step in supporting elements in the community adjustment process. We plan to continue collaborating with area partners to target priorities identified in the CAC report such as Tourism, Downtown Revitalization, Arts and Culture/Social Enterprise and promotion of First Nation entrepreneurship for the benefit of the region.”
The recipients of CDC support and their projects included: The Algoma Fall Festival, Start Up Sault, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association (Food Tourism Strategy), Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (Great Pancake Breakfast), Millworks for Entrepreneurship (Bridges to Better Business), Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) (Northeast Food & Agriculture Market Study), The North Channel Marine Tourism Council (North Channel Passport & Travelling Anchor Program), The No Limits Adaptive Ski Association (Jim Anderson Adaptive Snow Sport Centre), and Searchmont Ski Association (Replacement of Roof on Slopeside Building).