Powering a Sustainable World

    McGuinty Government Supports Green Economy in Sarnia-Lambton

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ -


    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.


    "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

    "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.


    -   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.


    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.

                                                      Disponible en français

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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