september 6th 

Less than a week to go for OEMC 2018! It's still not too late to Register

We are pleased to confirm that Honourable Steve Clark, MPP, (Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes), Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will speaking at OEMC at the closing session on Friday, September 14th. 

We are also thrilled to announce that Ontario East was named in the Top Ten of the 2018 Canada's Best Locations for Site Selectors. 


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Ontario East Municipal Conference 2018 -  Highlights

Taste of the Town Restaurants Confirmed:
We have over 12 restaurants participating in this ever-popular conference event. 
A reminder that Taste of the Town is happening on the Wednesday night of the conference this year. Since that is the first day of the conference, you may wish to take a look at the participating restaurants and make your reservations before you head to Cornwall. 

  • Walmart Logistics Distribution Centre  
  • The Cotton Mill, a new mixed use district on the St. Lawrence River
  • Historic SDG Jail
These locations have graciously invited us to take a look at their local innovations.  Be sure to sign up for one of these excursions.

Hydro One Networks Inc. - Platinum Sponsor:
We wish to thank Hydro One for their continued and generous sponsorship of OEMC. Be sure to check out their session on Forestry Practices  on Wednesday afternoon at the conference this year. 

Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum - 
Registration Now Open

Wed. and Thurs., October 3 and 4
at the Wellington County Museum and Archives, Fergus, Ontario

This forum is an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development or planning who have agriculture and food (farming, food processing, agri-tourism, agri-business sector, and agri-entrepreneurship) in their portfolio to network, share successes and experience agriculture in Wellington County. Learn about resources targeted to the agricultural sector.
21st TCI Network Global Clusters Conference -  Registration Open

Tues. to Thurs., October 16 to 18
at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

TCI 2018 is the leading global clusters event for government, business, and academic leaders, to make unexpected connections for economic growth and shared prosperity.

The Canadian FDI Forum - 
Registration Open

Mon. to Wed., October 22 to 24
at the Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa

With so much positive feedback from the more than 150 professionals who attended the previous two years, Area Development and the The CAI Global Group are pleased to announce the third edition of The Canadian FDI Forum.
The program provides economic development professionals an opportunity to better understand the needs of United States and international investors and gain perspectives on current investment criteria and how it affects the site selection process. Attendees will hear from site consultants, corporate executives and industry experts whose key takeaways are designed to add value to your program's business attraction and retention strategy.

Economic Development Summit- 
Save the Date

Friday, November 16
at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, Kemptville

This year the annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Save the date now for this special event focusing on area business and development.

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Ontario East named in the TOP TEN of 2018 Canada's Best Locations for Site Selectors

Site Selection Names Top Territories for Infrastructure; Canada's Best Locations

...Site Selection's Canadian Competitiveness Award recognizes Ontario as the most competitive province in a competitive nation, followed by Qu├ębec and Alberta...
"The annual Canada's Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada's many location options for corporate site selectors," says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. "We salute the provinces and communities that made this year's rankings."

ROI Youth Engagement Municipal Internship

The Rural Ontario Institute is now accepting Expressions-of-Interest from prospective municipal partners. Leverage support to implement youth engagement strategies through municipal internships.

Leeds and Grenville Employment Opportunity

Position: Business Development Officer, Permanent Full Time (Internal/External) 

Deadline: September 21, 2018, 4:00pm or until filled

Position Summary:
The Business Development Officer will work to improve economic growth through business and community development activities and programs that supports the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Plan.
Reporting to the Manager of Economic Development, the position will support business retention, development, investment and growth activities that positively influence the competitiveness of local businesses in the global marketplace. The incumbent will coordinate and support regional initiatives, which progressively encourage sector and cluster development, community leadership, and growth of the Counties and its municipalities.

Applications for the RED Program Now Being Accepted

Application Deadline:  5:00pm September 28, 2018

The  Rural Economic Development (RED) program funds projects that stimulate economic growth in Ontario's rural and Indigenous communities.
You can get up to 50% of your project costs or a maximum $100,000. The RED program funds activities that grow your local economy and remove barriers to economic development.
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The Book Lady

Characteristics that make for a good and potentially successful small business owner include flexibility, a sense of timing, passion, and a willingness to put in the hours and sweat equity necessary to make an enterprise thrive.
Dana Deathe (pronounced 'deeth') has always wanted to own a bookstore, and in particular the neat little bookstore nestled onto Market Street in the heart of Fenelon Falls. The City of Kawartha Lakes community has always been the home of Deathe's family's cottage, and thus a favourite spot to visit throughout her youth. A passionate and devoted bibliophile, books were not only Deathe's passion from an early age, but also her vocation as she earned a master's degree in Library and Information Science and worked for several years for an academic publisher in Calgary.
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