Funding available for regions or groups in urban municipalities to do statistical / demographic analysis in support economic development initiatives

NOTE: This event has already taken place.

For information on the initiative below, contact Craig Pollett, CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador at 709-753-6110 or cpollett@municipalnl.ca.

News Release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (link):

January 25, 2018 – St. John’s, NL – Strong data helps inform good planning and decision making. Through an investment from the Government of Canada, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) will have access to information to help their urban partners engage in meaningful economic development planning activities, benefiting both businesses and citizens across the province.

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced an investment of $307,312 through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP) for MNL to partner with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harris Centre to analyze key data in several areas of the province. This will help inform and support regional economic development initiatives lead by various urban municipalities.

These urban municipalities represent the majority of the citizens and businesses in the province and play a leadership role in economic development in their respective regions. This initiative will help provide in-depth economic data and, through analysis, create profiles revealing information on productivity, linkages of people and economic activity, employment, spending and gaps. The desired outcome is for new approaches and economic development opportunities based on interpreting key economic evidence.

This type of investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, which supports strategic investments in initiatives that build on the region’s competitive advantages.

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