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Feds doling cash to “innovative” southern Alberta businesses & organizations

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The federal government is dolling out a lot of cash to support innovative businesses and organizations across southern Alberta.

Ottawa is investing more than $38 million into 27 new projects.

In Lethbridge, Flexahopper Plastics is receiving $1.3 million to improve productivity with a new Thermal-flex system. Southland Trailer Corporation will get $3 million to scale up manufacturing capacity of gravel and highway product lines.

Whole Leaf in Coaldale, meanwhile will receive $3.5 million. That’s to purchase technology for the production of greenhouse produce.

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And the Village of Foremost will be given $600,000 to develop a flight test plan at its Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Range.

Federal Innovation & Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains says they’re making a substantial investment in southern Alberta’s leadership in a variety of sectors, from energy to agriculture. “Canada’s prosperity depends on our ability to diversify our economy and seize the opportunities in the rapidly changing global economy. Using the tools at our disposal, the government is positioning Calgary and southern Alberta to prosper from its unique advantages.”

The funding comes through three federal programs.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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