GAGETOWN (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $50,000 to assess the feasibility of establishing a cultural centre for excellence in Gagetown.

"I am pleased to witness the initiative that Queens County Heritage is taking to enhance Gagetown's identity as a market of creativity within Queens County and the province," said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. "Our government is committed to supporting that effort, which could further enrich the lifestyle of this community."

The study will be overseen by a steering committee consisting of community members, external partners and Queens County Heritage. Bruce Thomson, president of Queens County Heritage, said the funding for the study will benefit the village and the county over the long term.

"Queens County Heritage is thrilled to take this major step forward in growing our community and county culturally and economically," Thomson said. "The support from the provincial government for this study speaks to the strength of the proposal and the recognition of our region as a natural setting for a modern cultural centre of excellence devoted to showcasing the finest of New Brunswick and Maritime craft."

The study will assess the potential regional, provincial and national relevance of the project, market potential, centre design and cost, staffing and management, long-term financial feasibility and economic impact. It will also examine standards of excellence from other cultural tourism projects.