Funding for new centre to be announced Sunday

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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BIBLE HILL - More federal funds will be announced Sunday for Colchester County.
Sources say the Atlantic Agri-Innovation Centre will receive funding during a joint news conference by the federal and provincial governments at Cumming Hall on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus.
The plan has been to build the new 20,000-square foot centre at AgriTECH Park in Bible Hill. It would be responsible for coming up with ways to add value to existing products with the idea of strengthening Nova Scotia's rural economy.
Officials told this newspaper in the spring it would cost about $10 million and would be a driver for the local economy moving forward. The breeding ground for new products would also help attract international firms to set up their North American offices here.
Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong acknowledged there was something planned for Sunday but was mum on other details.
"I'm not going to preempt the announcement but I'll say it will be a good day for the farmers of northern Nova Scotia," he said Thursday.
Former buildings at the park have been removed during the past two years in order to make room for the new facility.
"I also suspect I'll be back with Scott fairly soon for more announcements given his tenacity," Defence Minister Peter MacKay said during a news conference in Truro on Thursday.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Atlantic Agri-Innovation Centre, North American

Geographic location: Colchester County, AgriTECH Park, Bible Hill Nova Scotia Northern Nova Scotia Truro

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