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Davis announces funding for Burin Peninsula-based businesses

Premier Paul Davis announced some $488,333 in provincial government funding for two Burin Peninsula-based businesses during a trip to the region Tuesday.

Fortune Head Eco Friends Inc. is receiving $278,333 to support a review of the Fortune Head Interpretation Centre, Ecological Reserve and surrounding areas that will result in implementation of recommendations to broaden the visitor experience.

Grand Bank Seafoods Inc. will also receive $200,000 to help purchase and install a custom-built automated packaging system to enhance the speed and efficiency of plant operations. Approximately $10,000 has also been provided to support an external review of the company's operations to determine where greater efficiencies and product quality improvements can be achieved.

“Increasingly, industries like the fishery are becoming more innovative, and we are experiencing continued growth in the tourism sector,” Davis said in a new release.

Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Darin King, MHA for Grand Bank district, joined Davis for the announcements. They also toured Ocean Choice International’s fish plant in Fortune.

The premier is the keynote speaker for the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Marystown Tuesday evening.

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