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Public input wanted on economic development strategy

The public, the business community and other stakeholders are invited to express views on the future of economic development in Prince Edward County.
A special meeting of council is to be held Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers for this purpose.
“The strategic planning process is the beginning of a collaborative approach to community development,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Merlin Dewing. “We have applied for funding for implementation in partnership with the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, to synchronize our efforts and implement plans for a strong, coordinated approach to business expansion, retention and attraction.
The goal is also to minimize if not eliminate overlap in the delivery of a full spectrum of economic development initiatives.”
Council has identified the need for an Economic Development Strategy to meet the objectives of:
o sustainable jobs,
o supporting current businesses,
o contributing to the County’s momentum as an attractive destination for investors,
o building on local assets, resources, heritage and innovation, and ultimately
o increasing the municipal tax base.
The Economic Development Department is consulting with members of council,
staff, the public and specifically with local partners involved with community development, to gather broad, community perspectives on economic development. The special council meeting will provide a further opportunity for the public to make its views known directly to Council. The input received will contribute to a draft Economic Development Strategy to be presented to council on April 12.
“The municipality gratefully acknowledges the support from the many community partners that are contributing to this initiative,” said Debra Williams, Economic Development Coordinator.
Comments may also be submitted to Debra Williams at: The Edward Building, 280 Main Street, Picton and by email: dwilliams@pecounty.on.ca

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