Budget Creates Jobs Supports Knowledge Infrastructure

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter visited Acadia University in Wolfville today, April 9, to tour a renovation project at Patterson Hall and to reaffirm his commitment to infrastructure investment and economic growth in the Annapolis Valley and across the province. Earlier this week, government introduced the provincial budget and announced its plan to bring better health care to families, create secure jobs and grow the economy, make life more affordable and live within its means. “I can’t think of a better way to invest in the future of Nova Scotia than renovating and enhancing our world-class universities and community college system,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotia is a learning province and having state-of-the-art facilities for students, faculty and community members is necessary in order to attract the brightest and best to the province.” Patterson Hall will be redesigned to create space where economic, social and environmental challenges can be addressed in a collaborative environment. The Kingstec and Annapolis Valley campuses of Nova Scotia Community College have been renovated to make the them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Renovations to Acadia University and the NSCC campuses represent a $6.2-million federal/provincial investment under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The program enhances universities and colleges throughout Nova Scotia. “Investing in projects that upgrade and expand Acadia’s teaching and research capacity will benefit our students and all Nova Scotians,” said Ray Ivany, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “I recognize the importance and value of investing in our communities and institutions during tough economic times,” said Premier Dexter. “As announced in this week’s budget, we will continue to maximize federal infrastructure dollars to help keep communities strong, employ hard-working Nova Scotians and grow the economy.” Premier Dexter noted that several projects in the Annapolis Valley, ranging from roads and highways to sport and recreation facilities, have benefited from stimulus investments in the past year and will continue to benefit in 2010-11. Highway 101 is benefitting from millions of dollars in investment, including re-paving from the Shaw Road underpass to the Annapolis-Digby County Line and adding westbound ramps to the Mary Jane Riley Road Interchange, just to name a few. Sport and recreation facility projects in the Annapolis Valley have also received support through Health Promotion and Protection’s Building Facility Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Since 2007, 11 large-scale projects in the region have benefitted from $6.7 million in funding. These projects include the new track and field facilities at Acadia University, Brigadoon Children’s Camp on Aylesford Lake, the Appledome in Berwick and the rebuilt Windsor Curling Club. “In 2010-11 Nova Scotians can expect to see strategic investments in infrastructure across this province to ensure economic growth and development from one end of the province to the other,” said Premier Dexter. “This government has a solid, four-year plan to get the province’s finances back to balance, live within its means, and make the right decisions that are in the best interests of Nova Scotians.”last_img read more