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Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury Development Corporation issues quarterly report

Released Thursday, Apr 28, 2011

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) has released its first quarterly report for 2011. The report provides a synopsis of economic development projects, programs and activities that have received the financial support of Greater Sudbury Council and updates the local economic impact of these investments.
 
Highlights for the first quarter of the year include:
 
. The second annual 2010 "Jazz Sudbury" festival, a three-day event featuring 38 groups and 165 local and out-of-town musicians, attracted an estimated 3,500 local and visiting ticket holders.
 
. In February 2011, staff assisted the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry with a trade mission of executives from three Mexican mining companies, including Penoles, Scorpio Mining and Nyrstar. These executives had the opportunity to meet with 60 Greater Sudbury mine supply and service companies.
 
. The City of Greater Sudbury is delivering a new export assistance program for mine supply and service companies in Northern Ontario, in cooperation with the North Economic Development Corporation and the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. The program is designed to increase the global reach of the many innovative products and services in the North.
 
. Sudbury Tourism supported the 40th anniversary of the Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) from March 13-17, 2011, with nearly 105 teams and over 2,000 participants, including players, coaches, families and friends.
 
. The Physician Recruitment and Retention Program attracted one new family physician this quarter, for a total of 31 new family physicians for the Greater Sudbury area since the start of the program in 2008. Based on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care physician-patient ratio, these 31 physicians provide access to primary healthcare for approximately 43,000 residents.
 
. Intake for the 2011 Arts and Culture Grants program closed on March 8. Staff received 48 applications from not-for-profit arts and culture-based organizations. Seventeen of these applications will be adjudicated by the GSDC through the primary Arts and Culture Grant Fund. The remaining 31 applications will be adjudicated by the Arts and Culture Grant Panel through the Community Arts and Culture Grant Fund. The allocation process will be complete in June, 2011 for Council approval.
 
. Regional Business Centre staff handled 1,815 general business inquiries and conducted 91 one-on-one client consultations. In total, 77 businesses were registered with the assistance of the Regional Business Centre.
 
. The Young Professionals' Association (YPA) hosts approximately three events each month for approximately 85 member young professionals. During the first quarter of the year, the YPA organized three socials, three dinner clubs, a Curl for Cancer event, a professional development session and a guest speaker presentation.
 
The complete Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Quarterly Report is available online at http://agendasonline.greatersudbury.ca/. Search: April 27, 2011.
 
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Media Contact:
 
Kelli Sheppard, Corporate Communications,
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 4618
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