The City of Rossland is on the right side of some government funding.
The provincial government just announced $48,433 in funding for Rossland as part of its $10.5 million resort funding program.
The City of Rossland has received $251,673 since qualifying for funding in 2007 and will use the most recent instalment for planned activities including improved signage, visitor centre enhancements and seasonal shuttle service.
Rossland has used a portion of its RMI funding to make it easier for tourists to find amenities and information that will enhance their experience in the community. A ski shuttle was launched for the 2013-14 ski season, providing transportation for visitors to get from the city to Red Mountain Resort. Municipalities participating in the RMI program are Fernie, Golden, Harrison Hot Springs, Invermere, Kimberley, Osoyoos, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sun Peaks, Tofino, Ucluelet, Valemount and Whistler.
The RMI program objective is to increase the number of visitors and their length of stay, to broaden resort activities to help expand the length of the tourist season and increase employment, and to diversify the local tax base. Through local stakeholder consultation, each resort municipality develops a five-year plan that sets out the broad direction and desired outcomes to guide their future tourism development and promotion.
“The Resort Municipality Initiative continues to be a great help in developing our tourism sector. We look forward to continued co-operation with the Province in promoting this valuable economic development tool,” said Rossland Mayor Greg Granstrom.