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$75 million rural dividend announced

Some big provincial money is being made available for various programs that will have a big impact on our region.

Premier Christy Clark has announced a so-called rural dividend worth $75 million will go to smaller communities and help them transition their economies.

The funding is based on a recommendation from the Rural Advisory Council.

Initial pilot projects of $25 million each will run next year and the year after.

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Also a big announcement regarding high speed broadband internet in our region.

The province has approved nearly $2.3 million for the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation to expand service across our rural communities.

The announcements were made at the Union Of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver this morning.

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