News Release - January 25, 2001
ACRE MAKES FIRST RECOMMENDATIONS
The Action Committee on the Rural Economy (ACRE) today recommended six
preliminary stepping stones for rural revitalization to the provincial
ACRE's recommendations are:
Improve access to capital funding;
Develop a rural skills development program to help grow rural
Improve government approval processes for rural development projects;
Provide universal, affordable high-speed Internet access and cell phone
coverage to all residents throughout Saskatchewan;
Work with the federal government to ensure immigration policy addresses
the labour shortages currently experienced in rural Saskatchewan; and
Fund an industry-led public education program to promote the strengths
and resilience of rural Saskatchewan and the facts about our
competitiveness with other provinces.
ACRE co-chairs Agriculture and Food Minister Clay Serby and Kamsack-area
producer and community leader Audrey Horkoff, announced the recommendations
today following a meeting in Regina.
Serby appointed the 45-member committee last fall. The industry-citizen group
is charged with recommending innovative ideas to stimulate rural economic
development. Its final report is scheduled for the spring of 2002.
"ACRE has made an excellent start on its task of taking an in-depth look at the
big picture and addressing the rapid changes taking place in rural
communities," Serby said.
"In our consultations with rural communities to date, a number of proposals
have already emerged that we feel we can put forward to the government for
immediate action," Horkoff said.
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food
Phone: (306) 787-5168