Antoine Mountain was identified as one of the three key economic development strategic priorities in the Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation’s regional strategic plan. The MBEDC provided dedicated in-kind staff time and organizational financial support throughout Antoine Mountain’s developmental stages and leading up to its eventual grand opening. It facilitated the acquisition of a number of grants as well as MBEDC member municipalities’ financial contributions towards the hill’s start-up costs. Antoine Mountain, was, after a 15 year absence, back on top for the 2015-16 ski season.
Columbia Forest in Rutherglen is a veneer manufacturing mill purchased by the company in 1989. Columbia operates plants throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products.
In 2010 markets and economic conditions forced the company to cease operations at its Rutherglen mill. At its peak, the mill employed more than 300 and was a very significant economic contributor to the Mattawa region.
After a five year shutdown, the mill reopened in 2016 with one shift and 52 employees. Growth is expected to bring more job opportunities in 2017.
MBEDC assisted the business during its restart by collecting resumes on behalf of the employer.
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
With $1million cash support from NOHFC, the Witch was shot entirely in the Mattawa-Bonfield area, largely in Kiosk. MBEDC assisted with community familiarization, movie site selections, accommodations, community in-kind and sponsorship support.
The Mattawa and Area Physician Recruitment project is a community-wide effort that includes the MBEDC, it’s five member municipalities, the Mattawa Hospital as well as the Mattawa Physician Group. A committee of project partner representatives was formed to develop and flesh out a concept, to launch and manage the initiative. A relocation incentive program, promotional guide and the hiring of a physician recruiter whose efforts are focused on courting doctors at trade shows and through direct contact initiatives forms the backbone of this project.