Bringing prosperity

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Darrell Cole
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A number of years ago when the idea of gaining international recognition for the Joggins Fossil Cliffs was first mentioned there were plenty of skeptics.

A number of years ago when the idea of gaining international recognition for the Joggins Fossil Cliffs was first mentioned there were plenty of skeptics. No one ever thought such a project would get off the ground.

But, its a project that is thriving and will hopefully result in the historic cliffs being presented world heritage designation by UNESCO in a year or so. Better still, the process itself has garnered international attention for an important piece of world history and has resulted in economic development that is going to pay dividends for generations to come even if the UNESCO bid isnt successful.

More than $9 million has already been committed to plan and build the new Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre and improve beach access and safety at the cliffs with the federal government, through ACOA, joining with the province and Cumberland County coming forward with financial assistance.

Area municipal councillor John Reid is correct when he says the project is something the community has dreamed about for a long time. Its something that will help revitalize Joggins and spur economic growth throughout the area.

For many years, Cumberland County has been a place tourists passed through on their way to Halifax, Cape Breton or the South Shore.

A lot of effort has been put into developing the local tourism industry and officials with the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association are to be commended for recognizing this areas potential as a tourist destination. Lets hope this dedication pays continued dividends in bringing prosperity to a region thats seen more than its share of tough luck.

Organizations: UNESCO, Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre, Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Joggins, Halifax Cape Breton South Shore

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