SEGUIN TWP. - Parry Sound-Muskoka MP and minister responsible for FedNor, Tony Clement, announced Saturday $874,200 in FedNor money for two area organizations.
FedNor announces money for area airport, CBDC.
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement, left, shakes hands with airport commissioner and Parry Sound Councillor Paul Borneman
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Over half of that funding, $495,450, goes toward the fourth phase of infrastructure development at the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport. The remaining $378,750 goes to the the Parry Sound Area Community Business and Development Centre (CBDC) as annual operational funding.
The announcement was made Saturday morning in a hangar that was part of the airport’s first phase of development around the terminal and runway about five years ago. Today the hangar houses Sustain Design, a mini-home building company.
Clement said that before he took to the podium he and Seguin Township Coun. Doug Sainsbury were talking about how this is “another example .... (of) just how things are starting to get into gear here and in the region. We’re starting to get in the virtuous circle of new jobs, new opportunities, new businesses and we were talking about the resilience of the community because it’s been a little bit long time in coming, but the community is resilient and things are starting to happen.”
At the funding announcement, a future tenant was announced.
Eagle Aircraft Incorporated signed a letter of intent to open, by this fall, a 8,700-square-foot aircraft maintenance operation facility at the airport for large aircraft, helicopters and aircraft and avionics sales, service and calibration.
“This facility will have six high-tech positions, right here - new jobs,” said Clement, passing on the news to the gathered crowd on behalf of the airport commission.
The airport is currently preparing new commercial land for its phase four future development, to attract new businesses and jobs to the area.
Some of those possible future tenants were at Saturdays announcement.
“We’ve reached a critical mass and now it’s feeding on itself and people want to come to the airport,” said Sainsbury of the airport’s success.
The airport’s model of attracting businesses is being copied in northern Ontario, said Clement.
The airport is co-owned by Seguin Township and the Town of Parry Sound.
“I can recall the days, not very many years ago, when the airport was a sleepy little hollow on a back road that was necessary on occasion, but rarely thought of by very many people locally,” said Parry Sound Coun. Paul Borneman. “Over the last number of years with the support of Mr. Clement and the federal government as well as the province, and a renewed vision from the commission, particularly Councillor Sainsbury, who always manages to take a back seat at these events, the changes, the development you see here have occurred. It’s made the airport a regional asset to the entire community as well as an economic driver.”
The CBDC’s funding goes toward helping small and medium-sized businesses with capital services and to support local community economic development activities, according to a press release.
“We are proud to work at the local level to identify and invest in initiatives that create jobs and help strengthen our region,” said Bryan Tennant, CBDC chair. “Our ongoing partnership with FedNor continues to deliver positive economic results for the businesses and communities we serve.”