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Council approves creation of Community Development Commission

Prince Edward County Council has approved the creation of a Community Development Commission to go beyond the traditional scope of economic development.
Council, Tuesday night, approved the commission’s mandate to addresses “the need for ongoing public consultation and providing solid recommendations to council with regards to community development.”
“The Community Development approach provides a broader focus to address many of the objectives that council wanted to see in a new economic development strategy,” says Mayor Peter Mertens. “These objectives include: supporting an attractive businesses climate, sustainable jobs, and building on local heritage, assets, resources and innovation with the ultimate goal of building our community capacity.”

This collaborative process is to guide the development of community policy, programming and planning, all of which will input to the County’s Strategic Plan for Community Development. As a body that will encourage community partnership and innovation, the commission is to consist of unpaid voting members as appointed by the municipality: two members of council, one member of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, one member from TASTE the County, and three
community members that reflect the diversity of municipal community development partners. The mayor will be a non-voting member, but will have voting privileges in the
absence of a councillor appointee. Other non-voting members will include: the County Community Development Coordinator, the County Chief Administrative Officer, and the County Treasurer.
External agencies, organizations, and resources will be encouraged to provide input.
The commission concept is a recommendation of the County’s Community Development Strategy which involved community consultation with more than 400 members of the community including 63 community groups, partner organizations, municipal staff, and council.
The strategy was given preliminary approval by council in April, after which
it was presented at several open meetings throughout the County.

“The Community Development Commission will work with our partners to identify both gaps and overlaps in local service delivery,” says CAO Merlin Dewing. “This collaborative model is not the solution in itself, but it is a proven vehicle that will help us achieve our community development goals together. By working in a coordinated manner to access the significant resources and expertise within our community, the Commission will synchronize local community development efforts – demonstrating another step that will move the County of Prince Edward toward long-term sustainability.”
The full report and bylaw creating the Community Development Commission can be viewed on the County website at

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  1. Doris Lane says:

    I think it is to bad that this initative has passed. We do not need more levels of government–more meetings–more time wasted and nothing accomplised. It sounds more like the Harper Government every day,

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