The Dildo and Area
Community Economic Develop Inc. was formed in 1993 by a group of residents
from the communities of Dildo, Broadcove, South Dildo and Old Shop to help
create employment and stimulate the economy. The fishery was shut down by
the cod moratorium and there was a real need to focus on other ways to
revitalize the economy.
At this time, the federal
government chose two areas of the Baccalieu Trail, one with a town council
and another without, as pilot projects to investigate ways to strengthen
economic development. The communities of Dildo, Broad Cove, South Dildo
and Old Shop were chosen to carry out one of their pilot projects. Under
the guidance of professional economic developers and public facilitator's
this area underwent a lengthy process of looking at the strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the communities.
Development Task Force
and Committees was formed to address the issues of low employment
opportunities and threats to our way of life in small communities and to
come up with creative solutions.
Initially there were
different committees such as tourism, agriculture, education and youth,
and aquaculture within the Dildo and Area Community Economic Dev. Group.
Over the years there were several projects undertaken that provided much
needed employment, however the most successful and long term project was
the establishment of the Dildo and Area Interpretation Center.
Dildo and Area Interpretation Centre.
The Centre is located on the shore side of Dildo Cove along Route 80 just
12km off the Trans Canada Highway.