The Federal Government is investing close to three-quarters of a million dollars to help create jobs, growth and economic opportunities in the Almaguin Highlands region. This morning, our MP Tony Clement made the announcement in the South River council chambers that FedNor is investing more than $727,000 to build an 8,500-square-foot public building to support business growth in the Village of South River.

The funding will also enable the community to extend municipal services to the development site, which will be located along Highway 124 in the downtown commercial district. Mayor of South River and Chair of the Almaguin Highlands Economic Development Committee Jim Coleman says they’re pleased for this Government of Canada investment which will help us create local jobs, jump start the development of our newly designated commercial business district along Highway 124, and strengthen the economic outlook for the entire region.

Once complete, the new facility will accommodate the expansion of the Highlander Brew Company, allowing the local business to double its production to meet national and international demand. The facility will also feature community storefront areas and a common space that will be available for tourism-related activities.