Regional networking opportunity is coming to Gananoque!
Take advantage of this opportunity to meet peers in your region and learn about trends in economic development that are effecting your municipality. Session topics include:
EDCO Regional Economic Development Professional Development Event
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 1000 Islands
777 King St. East
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Registration Closes on Wednesday, October 26, 2022
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15 AM Session 1: Current and future trends of Economic Development
The landscape of economic development has seen considerable change over the past few years. Many areas are facing labour force issues, housing shortages, and specific to Gananoque who has experienced a 4% increase in population. This session will explore how the Ontario East Economic Development Commission supports its member communities through regional marketing programming and professional development. We will delve into the labour force issues and Ontario East's unique workforce development program promoting all the resources available to existing residents and newcomers. We will also discuss current economic development activities and how Ontario East communities are meeting the challenges in economic development today.
10:30 AM Break 1
10:45 AM Session 2: CIP’s
Community Improvement Plans are a fundamental tool to ensure your community is planning for the future and supporting the community with growth and change. This session will discuss how the Gananoque CIP is tying into the downtown and preparing for the future.
12:00 PM Lunch Break & Networking
1:00 PM Session 3: Agri-Food
There are many small scale agri-food producers throughout Ontario. This session will review how local producers have grown their home based businesses. We will also explore how small scale agri-food producers contribute to the local economy and what programs are available through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
2:15 PM Break 2
2:30 PM Session 4: Tourism and BIA’s working together Post Pandemic
Through the pandemic many organizations have collaborated to support their local economy. This session will explore how these partnerships will continue post pandemic and the key learnings that have taken place.
3:45 PM Question & Answer Period from the day
4:00 PM Farewell & Thank you
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gananoque /1000 Islands
November 1-2, 2022 EDCO Group Rate
$124.99 (+taxes) includes Express Breakfast
*Registration Cancellation will receive a full refund less a $50.00 administration fee*