86 87 A.L. Blair Construction has served Eastern Ontario as a leading supplier of crushed stone and road construction services since 1932. TRP Ready Mix, our subsidiary company, is one of Ontario’s leading Ready Mix concrete suppliers, delivering exceptional concrete products to our clients for over 30 years. Delivering Crushed Stone, Sand, Asphalt and Ready Mix Concrete 7 Labrosse, P.O Box 220 Moose Creek, ON K0C 1W0 Canada 613-538-2271 info@alblairconstruction.com www.alblairconstruction.com n Supplier of Quality Aggregates n Road Construction Services n Ready Mix Concrete (TRP Ready Mix) n Trucking n Site Maintenance n Equipment Rentals n Custom Crushing overlook its existing businesses in its efforts to grow, and maintains an active business support network. Connect with Russell is an event all businesses are invited to attend and an opportu- nity for business owners to learn about available resources the city provides, such as grants, ease- ments, and even young entrepreneurs loans. The events also serve as networking opportunities for the owners, providing time to present themselves to their peers as well as learn about potential service providers and partners. Then comes resident retention. The Township is addressing its need for a downtown area. As Tremblay explains, “In our official plan right now, we do have a village core identified. Because it was something that was never considered until this past decade, there are a lot of single de- tached dwellings that are in the core downtown center.We’re working to build smartly from here on to create a downtown center. It’s going to take a while but we’re working towards it through design guidelines.” The Township has fully constructed a state-of- the-art sports dome, aimed to serve as a sports and entertainment venue in its downtown dis- RUSSELL TOWNSHIP trict. The $4.5 million project will be a 60,000 square-foot dome that features both artificial turf and solid flooring suitable for year-round sports. It will include a training gym, interior tennis courts, and an attached restaurant. The township believes this year-round space for residents and guests to visit, come together, and enjoy will become a lynchpin to an active downtown scene. The dome is to open in January 2018, which will be almost ten years after the municipality began tapping into the Ottawa River for its water. With healthy roots and strong residential growth, the initial investments into the Township are obvi- ous. Leduc concludes, “We’ve been proactive over the past several years to accommodate the growth we’re seeing now. So all our planning and prepara- tions are paying off.We’re here and ready for it.” PREFERRED VENDORS n A.L. Blair Construction www.alblairconstruction.com Based out of Moose Creek, Ontario, A.L. Blair Construction has produced and delivered quality aggregate products to its clients throughout East- ern Ontario, in an efficient and environmentally responsible fashion, since 1932.