Rural Economic Development (RED) Program
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2008
Making Oxford County Even More Attractive to Visitors
McGuinty Government Helps Community Set Tourism Priorities
Oxford County- Tourism Oxford is conducting a survey across Oxford's
eight municipalities to help determine the best way to attract more visitors.
The province will contribute $17,000 to help Tourism Oxford conduct surveys
and develop a strategic plan that will guide tourism priorities from 2009
"This initiative will give Oxford Tourism, and its partner, Oxford
Small Business Support Centre Inc., the tools they need to explore and
develop new ways to attract tourists and new business," said Leona
Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
"Our community can now begin to assess the county's current tourism
industry, and see how we can improve it," said Cathy Bingham, tourism
specialist at Tourism Oxford. "This project will help us set the
groundwork for our strategic plan to not only revitalize the area's tourism
business climate, but also increase visitors to Oxford County."
Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED)
Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable
rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care
services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training.
Through the RED Program, the province has invested $46.7 million in 144
projects, representing a total investment of $478.2 million in rural Ontario,
since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong
rural communities that work better for the people who live in them.
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