The Municipality of Hastings Highlands is moving forward with the next stage of its community led economic development program.
An engaged local business community is key to the success of this endeavour and the Municipality is inviting local businesses and the community to learn how they can participate in the program.
The community economic development program is essential to retaining and expanding a broad base of businesses and services in Hastings Highlands and to ensure that Council and the local businesses and community work together on economic development initiatives. The Municipality recognizes that existing businesses are valuable economic and employment assets and the first stage of the Business Retention and Expansion Program is a survey of local business owners.
“Through our Business Retention and Expansion Program (BR+E) we are aiming to show existing local businesses their importance to Hastings Highlands by asking them about their needs, future plans, and how they think the local business environment could be improved”, said Hastings Highlands Mayor Vivian Bloom.
Businesses and community members are invited to attend the Community launch:
May 27th, 2015 6:30pm – 8:30 pm at the Hastings Highlands Centre.
Local businesses are urged to take this opportunity to learn more about this initiative and to network. Learn how this program will roll out and how to contribute to the pool of information about the local business community. The aggregated information being gathered during the program will be of great value in solving local problems, planning for the future, and general promotion of the community.
“One of the reasons for the popularity of a BR&E project is that it not only supports long range planning for the community but also yields some short-range tangible results,” said Robyn Rogers, Manager of Corporate Services/Clerk.
“A key aspect of this project is confidentiality,” according to Cathy Trimble, Program Coordinator, “We do not publish information on individual businesses. The project is very careful about this confidentiality issue.”
A Leadership Team provides oversight on the whole project. Other local leaders serving on the Leadership Team are: Carol Russell, Diane Hammond, Karen Warner, Kim McMunn and Cathy Bujas, Robyn Rogers, and Cathy Trimble.
This program is jointly funded by:
Hastings Highlands, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin.