$10.5K for study

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - TODD HAM­BLE­TON

MOR­RIS­BURG — Fund­ing for the Cross-Border Part­ner­ship Pro­gram could help strengthen re­la­tions be­tween mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and First Nations, those at a news con­fer­ence in Mor­ris­burg were told on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The part­ner­ship pro­gram, op­er­ated out of the Corn­wall and the Coun­ties Com­mu­nity Fu­tures De­vel­op­ment Corp., has re­ceived $10,499 through the Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (RED) pro­gram, to­wards the cost of cre­at­ing a re­gional col­lab­o­ra­tion study.

The study, con­ducted by MNP Con­sult­ing, was cre­ated with the sup­port of the City of Corn­wall, the Mo­hawk Coun­cil of Ak­we­sasne and the United Coun­ties of SDG.

Si­mon McLin­den, Corn­wall & the Coun­ties Com­mu­nity Fu­tures De­vel­op­ment Corp. pro­ject man­ager for the Cross-Border Part­ner­ship Pro­gram, said he ex­pects the re­port will be com­pleted by the end of the month and avail­able early in the new year.

“I got the first draft( Thurs­day, and) I’m hop­ing to get the (fi­nal re­port) on peo­ple’s desks the first or sec­ond week of Jan­uary,” McLin­den said at the fund­ing an­nounce­ment, made by MPP Jim McDonell on be­half of Ernie Harde­man, the pro­vin­cial Minister of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs.

The aim of the Re­gional Col­lab­o­ra­tion Study is to have a third party con­duct stake­holder in­ter­views, re­view pub­lic doc­u­ments and sur­vey other re­gions’ best prac­tices, with ago alto iden­tify ar­eas where the re­gion could col­lab­o­rate more ef­fi­ciently, po­ten­tially lead­ing to a more pros­per­ous fu­ture for re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism.

Fri­day’s news re­lease said the re­port will also out­line ways to min­i­mize du­pli­ca­tion in cer­tain ar­eas and projects, and that in an era of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and First Nations is an im­por­tant step to­wards re­gional eco­nomic growth.

“The ul­ti­mate goal is (for First Nations and Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties) to have a long­stand­ing, for­mal re­la­tion­ship,” McLin­den said. “What the (con­sul­tant’s re­port) will do is (fig­ure out) how we get ev­ery­one in the room, how we for­mal­ize all of those groups.”

He added that stronger part­ner­ships will open doors to new projects and sources of fund­ing to ben­e­fit all of Stor­mon­tDun­das-South Glen­garry and Ak­we­sasne. tham­ble­[email protected]­media.com twit­ter.com/Free­hold­erTodd

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