November 13, 2019 E-Newsletter
Ontario East News
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Minister Steve Clark and Shelley Hirstwood at the Ontario East Quarterly Meeting
Regional Job Creation Program Launched In Eastern Ontario

Friday, November 8, 2019, for Immediate Release:

(Gananoque) — The Ontario government is helping businesses and communities in Eastern Ontario by launching the first part of its commitment to transform business supports to deliver value for money for taxpayers and create new investment and jobs.

Today, on behalf of Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark was at the Ontario East Economic Development Commission Quarterly Meeting to highlight the recently announced Regional Development Program.

The program will invest more than $100 million over four years, while taking a new approach to supporting business growth in Eastern and Southwestern Ontario communities.
Highligts of Ontario East Economic Development Commission Strategic Organizational Review

At its last meeting the Ontario East Economic Development Commission Board of Directors approved changes to the organization based on a strategic organizational review recently completed by Amer & Associates Economic Development that will position our organization for the future. An update was provided to members at the recent Quarterly Meeting in Gananoque. Details of the strategy and member service enhancements will be rolled out over the next few months for transitional implementation over the next year. The changes will see Ontario East focus on and enhance its core business as the primary economic development marketing and investment promotion agency for Eastern Ontario while providing relevant and dynamic professional development opportunities of interest to our members. The key membership enhancements will be to transition the current sector team membership into an enhanced multi-sector membership and replace the current membership structure with fees scaled to population base. More details to follow in the coming months!

Ontario East Appoints Interim Executive Director

Shelley Hirstwood, President, Ontario East Economic Development Commission announced at the Quarterly Meeting that Jay Amer, President, Amer & Associates Economic Development has been appointed to assist the commission through its transition over the next few months and will support the Board's efforts to identify and hire a new executive director to lead the organization into the future. Jay has been involved with Ontario East in several capacities since becoming a member 20 years ago, and also supported a previous Ontario East organizational transition in 2012-13. Working closely and with the support of Lucy Medeiros, our Project Coordinator Jay will ensure that delivery of member services and programming will remain seamless as the new strategies are implemented. Please contact Lucy or Jay anytime. 
Ontario East Events
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Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit
North Grenville Municipal Centre, Kemptville
Friday, November 22nd

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, in partnership with Steve Clark, M.P.P., the Eastern Workforce Development Board and the 1000 Islands, Grenville and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations would like to invite you to a day focused on Economic Development and Leadership.

This year's theme focuses on blending Industry 4.0 into our local diverse economy by getting connected, learning best practices and the funding opportunities available. 

Advanced Agenda now available on-line.
The Future AgriWorkforce: Data, Strategies & Opportunities
10:00am to 11:30am, December 12th
Join the Agriculture Economic Development and Planning COP to learn more about forecasted labour shortages and strategies to promote careers in the agri-food industry.

This free webinar will focus on ways to use the labour market information from CAHRC and resources from AgScape to address workforce challenges and opportunities in your communities.

It is aimed at economic development organizations and practitioners, and will focus on ways to use the LMI data and resources from AgScape to address workforce challenges and opportunities in your communities.
EDCO 63rd Annual Conference and Showcase
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto
February 4 to 6, 2020
This year’s Conference theme, Get Your Game on at #EDCO2020, challenges economic developers to be game-changers and champion new and inventive ways to break through the status quo in an ever-changing landscape.
Ontario East Success Story
Mallorytown Pharmacy and Health Centre
Pharmacist Mayur Vadher's goal is giving rural residents convenient access to prescription services and health care.
It's why he opened the Mallorytown Pharmacy & Health Centre earlier this year in Front of Yonge Township.
"This community is very welcoming and very positive, says Mayur. "They're happy they have a pharmacy and a walk-in clinic in their own community and we're happy to be here."
A pharmacist with over five years of experience, Mayur found Mallorytown area residents, including a large number of seniors, had to travel for all of their medical needs. Many are now welcoming having these services closer to home, he says. His customer/patient list continues to grow daily.
"I found this is an ideal spot and I've had very good help from the township."
Ontario East Economic Development Commission