TRURO - The Downtown Truro Partnership is receiving almost $31,000 in provincial funding to assist with beautification projects in the Hubtown.
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Greg MacArthur, deputy mayor of Truro and Debbie Elliott (at right), executive director of the Downtown Truro Partnership, were in Wolfville Monday morning for a funding announcement by Education Minister Ramona Jennex.
“The Downtown Truro Partnership is extremely pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the Town of Truro as together we build on recent and existing development in downtown Truro, said Deborah Elliott, executive director of the partnership, regarding the $30,772 grant her organization is receiving.
“The individual uniqueness of development projects within urban cores is often overlooked,” she said. “Public furnishings and site amenities have value beyond their utilitarian purposes and are necessary to complete the function and visual impact of any development project and to encourage public visitation and interaction.
The money will assist in further implementation of the Downtown Truro Urban Design Strategy and will aid in covering components of that effort that weren’t covered under other recent provincial funding initiatives.
The partnership was one of nine communities in the province to receive grants under Nova Scotia’s First Impressions program, which is designed to help communities develop more
competitive tourism products and services, attract more visitors and
offer memorable experiences to share with friends and family.
The funding announcement was made in Wolfville by Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Economic and Rural
Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele.
"Nova Scotia's long-term tourism strategy is designed to help us attract
more first-time visitors who will stay longer and spend more, especially
those who enjoy outdoor, culinary and cultural activities," Jennex said, in a news release.
“Supporting Nova Scotia communities to make upgrades, improve facilities, and enhance their downtowns will help attract visitors who will come back again and again, and also benefit local residents and their families," she said.
Nine other communities received grants under the province’s Competitive Edge program.
The province is providing $517,323 in
funding through the two programs this year as part of a revamped tourism strategy.