September 30th, 2015
Ontario is supporting a number of organizations in the Peterborough area to help bolster the local economy and boost tourism.
Through the Rural Economic Development program, the province provided:
With support from the Rural Economic Development program, rural Ontario will be better positioned to:
Since 2003, the province has invested more than $185 million in 598 Rural Economic Development program projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity, as well as retaining and creating more than 37,000 jobs.
Supporting rural communities is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“One of our top priorities as a government is to continue to invest in rural Ontario and create a thriving business climate. The Rural Economic Development program helps to ensure that rural communities across Ontario like Peterborough riding are better positioned to develop a highly-skilled, knowledge-based workforce and attract investment to help businesses succeed.
— Jeff Leal, MPP
“The Province’s investment with Rural Economic Development program in the County’s rural economic identity project has enabled the County of Peterborough to create a strategy and rural identity to move our region into the future. In addition, through the development of educational programming to support the planned Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building we are able to demonstrate the link between history and innovation at Lang Pioneer Village Museum and expand upon our educational offering and attractiveness to youth. With this funding to the County of Peterborough; the Province and MPP Jeff Leal have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our vision for the future.”
– Peterborough County Warden, J. Murray Jones
"With support from the RED grant, JA-PLM successfully engaged secondary school students throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Haliburton Highlands, Brock Township and Peterborough County. Our JA Company Program supplements student's education with enlightening entrepreneurial challenges and vital leadership and business skills development. In 2015, JA-PLM enabled 33 aspiring young entrepreneurs to work together with leaders from their business community to create, successfully launch and manage five small businesses. This could not have come at a more opportune time, as our economy is increasingly dependent on small businesses and the future generation of entrepreneurs to sustain our communities. Support from RED allowed JA to establish its place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and establish long-term partnerships in throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Haliburton and Brock Township."
“Revitalizing our downtown areas in Bridgenorth, Lakefield, Ennismore and Young’s Point to be attractive and welcoming to our residents and visitors is vital for economic development and business growth. The Provincial RED program has enabled the Township of Selwyn to be ‘project ready’ for community improvement opportunities.” Mayor Mary Smith
"Bidding and being awarded the opportunity to host the Travel Media Association of Canada Conference & AGM in June 2015, was a big win and a significant opportunity for our destination. We are pleased to report that the conference had an Economic Impact of $575,000, resulted in 49 qualified media leads and the area has already received a number of high profile media coverages as a result of hosting the conference. We had the opportunity to showcase our tourism experiences to over 95 travel media professionals, and garnered over 1.3 million impressions on twitter through our social media marketing plan for the event. The support from the Rural Economic Development Program was vital, as it assisted us in executing and delivering, at our highest standards, the necessary media tours and experiences as well as servicing a high volume of media requests before, during and after the conference".
-Fiona Dawson, Tourism Director Peterborough Economic Development
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