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Friday, April 19, 2019

Spruce the Bruce Intake Nears

Bruce County | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton deputy mayor wants to see program expand to include rural focus.

Bruce County’s Economic Development Officer recently paid a special visit to Brockton Council, for a discussion that included a strong focus on the local economy and the efforts to grow it.

The first intake of Spruce the Bruce will soon be announced. 

Economic Development Officer Manpreet Sangha says the Community Development Program will be handing out over a hundred thousand dollars in grants this year.

Brockton Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak is very pleased with the many success stories attached to Spruce the Bruce projects.

He says now that the program has had time to establish itself over the years, he would love to see it spread beyond the urban areas and into rural hamlets and villages.

Gieruszak believes hamlets and villages can become economic hotspots noting that there is a lot to be offered in the rural sectors of the County as well as the towns.

He cites Cargill as an example of this with the great success of sold out Greenock Swamp Tours and last summer‘s interactive historical display in the small hamlet.

Bruce County Manger of Economic Development Jill Roote welcomes Brockton’s input on the matter.

She says the primary focus for now is on the urban areas, because when you have a vibrant and active commercial core the benefits naturally spread out to the rural sectors as well.

This is not to say the program cannot or will not expand into the rural areas in the future.

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