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Regional Economic Development Site Tours

Site Tours: These site tours, sponsored by the Regional Economic Development Boards and the Marine Institute, are all day excursions, designed to showcase projects, services and enterprises and to promote regional networking. Lunch is included. It is recommended delegates dress comfortably and be prepared for outdoor stops. Please indicate your first, second and third choice of tour on the registration form.


M-RON: Agriculture has been identified as one of four cornerstone industries on the Baccalieu Trail which includes over 200 farm operations that generate $20 million in sales annually. This tour includes visits to two farms (Spruce Hill Farm and Salmon Cove) that are experimenting with new crops, new products and new ways of raising farmers. Tourists will also inspect the food production facilities at the Carbonear campus of the College of the North Atlantic and break bread with individuals developing such ventures as a farmers co-op market, high school green house crops, and a provincial Centre of Excellence in Agriculture.

Tour Guide: Ms. Kathi Stacey

Irish Loop: Known for its beauty and brogue, the communities on these two Shores have a knack for turning lost artifacts into new opportunities. This tour takes you to the Fr. Val Power Centre - once an elementary school that now educates young and old, then on to the Trepassey Generations Together Centre � where young and old exchange old and new skills, and forward to the Colony of Avalon where they are teaching history to the world.

Tour Guide: To be announced

Avalon Gateway: Given the media attention on mega-project proposals for the area, one could overlook the significance of the daily development work carried out by community groups. This tour takes visitors to the Markland Cottage Winery and to Placentia to visit the Lions Manor Nursing Home, the P4 Youth Club and to see what a donation by Sun Microsystems of Canada of state of the art computers and servers means to local educators.

Tour Guide: To be announced

Capital Coast: The capital city has been described as a collection of distinct communities. This tour takes tourists to three such places; Mill Lane Enterprises - where "waste not, want not" is more than a proverb and good mental health is promoted through job creation; the MacMorran Community Centre, located in a public housing estate, where tenants have taken control of their future; and Bell Island, where community co-operation is producing impressive results.

Tour Guide: To be Announced

Marine Institute: This special interest tour includes visits to the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (the flume tank), the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, the Centre for Marine Simulation and to the Offshore Safety & Survival Centre in Foxtrap.

Registration limited to 25 participants.

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Newfoundland Time: 1/13/2004 10:00:15 AM

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