OTTAWA, Ontario, Aug. 19 -- The government of Canada released the following news on behalf of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency:
Rogersville Music Inc., an event production company based in Rogersville will improve their event facilities thanks to investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.
Tilly O'Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and the Honourable Robert Trevors, Minister of Human Resources, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Bruce Fitch, made the announcement today.
Rogersville Music's project involves building a roofed shelter that would be used during inclement weather for concert goers attending the annual Rogersville Bluegrass Festival. The project also involves adding a washroom facility with showers, which includes plumbing and electrical upgrades.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Business Development Program, is investing $112,000 and the Province of New Brunswick is investing $60,000 in the initiative. Rogersville Music Inc. is contributing $52,000 toward this project.
- The Rogersville Bluegrass Festival was started over 20 years ago by Eddie Poirier. After the 2010 edition, Norman, Gilles, and Denis Roy (Roy Brothers Construction Inc. and Rogersville Music Inc.) acquired the festival and moved it to a former farmland in East Rogersville.
- For the 2013 festival, Rogersville Music Inc. invested in a permanent 1,000 sq. ft. covered stage, engineered drainage, full fencing, lighting, ticket booths, and parking for up to 800 RVs.
- The Rogersville Bluegrass Festival brings in over 3,000 people to Rogersville every year. The 2014 Festival runs from Friday, August 22 until Sunday, August 24.
"Our Government's investment in Rogersville Music Inc. demonstrates our commitment to supporting the development of the region's economy and the cultural vitality of Rogersville and Kent County. Host to the yearly Rogersville Bluegrass Festival, this improved facility will contribute to the economic development of the community by attracting renowned artists and drawing additional visitors to the region."
-Tilly O'Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
"Bluegrass music lovers are loyal visitors to the Rogersville Bluegrass Festival every year. The improved facilities will attract even more tourists to our region for cultural, social and other activities, and by doing so, contribute to our economic growth and job creation, both top priorities for our government."
-The Honourable Robert Trevors, Minister of Human Resources, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Bruce Fitch
"We would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their support of Rogersville Music Inc. This support means we can make the Rogersville Bluegrass Festival an even better experience for all who attend, including the many visitors that this successful event attracts to the region year after year."
-Norman Roy, President of Rogersville Music Inc.
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