Powering a Sustainable World



    McGuinty Government Supports Green Economy in Sarnia-Lambton

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The green economy of the future is getting a boost in Sarnia-Lambton
thanks to a grant from the provincial government.
    The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (http://www.sarnialambton.on.ca)
will use $250,000 in provincial funding to help the region respond to changes
in the global economy and prepare for the future.
    The partnership will implement a three-year economic plan called
"Powering a Sustainable World." The plan will help:
    
    -   Attract jobs in the rapidly growing cleantech sector
    -   Create a more sustainable industrial base and
    -   Promote the region's economic advantages to investors.
    

    "Cleantech" refers to products and services that improve performance and
efficiency while reducing energy consumption or waste. For example, Suncor
Energy (http://www.suncor.com/default.aspx?ID=1630) of Sarnia is producing
ethanol from locally-grown corn. The ethanol is then blended with gasoline to
produce a fuel with lower greenhouse gas emissions.

    QUOTES

    "Generating economic development requires planning, dedication and
teamwork. We're proud to support a plan that positions the region for success
in a high-growth sector," said Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Sandra Pupatello
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/about_bio_minister_en.jsp).

    "Today's announcement builds on existing strengths to develop new
opportunities. Our government is working in partnership to diversify and grow
the local economy," said Jean-Marc Lalonde
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/biography.asp?MPPID=28), Parliamentary
Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

    "This funding allows us to move forward with our economic development
plans; helping us to develop our cleantech sector and market our strengths to
investors," said Les McDermott, Chair of Board of Directors, Sarnia-Lambton
Economic Partnership.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   In 2007, Sarnia placed 3rd in fDi magazine's ranking of "Micro Cities
        of the Future" based on economic potential, cost effectiveness and
        quality of life.
    -   More than $2 billion has been invested in Sarnia-Lambton over the
        last three years by Suncor Energy, Shell Canada, Greenfield Energy,
        St. Clair Energy, Northern Ethanol and Optisolar Farms Canada to
        support innovative energy projects.
    -   The Ontario Bioindustrial Innovation Centre
        (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/BioIC081407.asp) will connect
        researchers and the petrochemical industry to create and
        commercialize new sources of fuel. The centre is expected to attract
        $1 billion in investment and support 1,000 jobs.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the "Powering a Sustainable World"
(http://www.sarnialambton.on.ca/main/ns/37/doc/30/lang/EN) strategic plan.

    Learn about other Communities in Transition
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/progserv_cit_en.jsp) announcements.

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For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776

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