August 15, 2011- Halifax, NS – Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s announcement of federal support and funding for the proposed convention centre .“We applaud all the parties involved in making this bold and vital decision for our city,” says Chamber President Valerie Payn. “Now that the convention centre development has now been formally supported by the City of Halifax, the Province and the Federal government, we look forward to seeing the next steps as the development unfolds.”“A new convention centre would serve as an economic catalyst for Nova Scotia, and promote the region as a premier destination of choice,” said Minister MacKay during his address, “If we build it, they will come. And they will like what they see, and they will want to come back for more, from the Digby neck to the Highlands of Cape Breton…I am proud to say, ‘we’re in’.”Minister MacKay announced Monday morning during his address to the Halifax Chamber that federal government would be investing $51.4 million, part of a $73 million infrastructure announcement for Nova Scotia, in the long awaited convention centre.“The benefits of this new convention centre will be threefold,” says Payn. “Job creation for our people, growth for our economy, and tax revenues for all levels of government.”“A new convention centre would be a progressive step towards enhancing our ability to compete with other cities for important conventions, help to grow our economy, create sustainable jobs and secure our competitive position as the hub city of Atlantic Canada,” says Ian Penny, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “The convention centre project is unique in that it represents the promise of growth, vibrancy, and an overall enhanced quality of life for the residents of our municipality. This is great news for Halifax and for Nova Scotia,” continues Penny. Over a year ago, in a rare move the Chamber threw their support behind the proposed new Convention Centre. “We have seen all the plans, all the studies and all the business cases and they indicate that this project is a winner, ” said Payn last year.“We are thrilled to see this development finally underway,” says Payn. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce, as part of its role as a business advocacy organization, continuously strives to build and strengthen our local business culture through a variety of different mechanisms and resources.
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