Greater Sudbury Council Supports New Exhibits at Dynamic Earth
Jul 8, 2014
Greater Sudbury Council will support new visitor experiences at Dynamic Earth with a $250,000 grant, as recommended by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation through its 2013 Economic Development Fund. A planned $3 million expansion of Dynamic Earth will include an Exhibit Gallery, an Object Theatre and an Outdoor Science Park.
“We are proud to support a world leader in science education and excellent family entertainment,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk. “On behalf of City Council, I congratulate Science North on the occasion of its 30th anniversary and the development of exciting new visitor experiences for Dynamic Earth.”
Dynamic Earth is the eighth largest geosciences centre in Canada, providing education about nickel mining, its role in the community and its current standing in the global economy. Over the past ten years, Dynamic Earth as generated $10 million in revenues which support the sustainability of Science North. Approximately 85 per cent of visitors to these science attractions originate from outside the Sudbury Region, providing significant economic spin-off to the hospitality industry.
“Tourism is a significant contributor to the local economy,” said GSDC Chair Dr. Darren Stinson. “Our city is Northern Ontario’s premier tourist destination thanks to the world-class attractions offered by Science North and Dynamic Earth. We are pleased we can support the continued development of this vital economic and educational resource.”
The Dynamic Earth expansion will begin this summer with completion scheduled for the spring of 2015. Over $6 million in direct and indirect spending is expected during construction and 63 full-time equivalent person years of employment will be created or sustained.
The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury. Consisting of a 17-member Board of Directors and supported by municipal staff, the GSDC acts as a catalyst for economic development initiatives and supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community.