KEDCO Update: Week Ending December 2, 2011

Published on: 2011/12/04 - in Releases

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES

Business Development

Jeff Garrah, CEO was interviewed by Brian Mann from WBEZ Radio in Chicago. Mann is working with North Country Public Radio to feature Canadian cities with economic success stories.   Garrah is featured in a series of radio episodes addressing business and labour market development. To listen to the radio interviews aired this week, please visit: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/date/2011-11-28; and, http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/18863/20111201/canada-puts-immigration-at-the-center-of-its-economic-policy.

On December 2, M.P.P. John Gerretsen announced that ESG Solutions will receive $580,000 from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) as part of a $5.81 million project. ESG Solutions is a leading provider of passive microseismic monitoring solutions to the global energy, mining, and geotechnical industries. ESG plans to expand their workforce and create 12 new full time positions which will allow them to develop their operational and logistical capacity to meet the growing demand for their products and services.

Planning is currently underway for the 2012 Business Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon which will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The Business Hall of Fame Awards are presented by KEDCO and the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce to recognize Kingston’s distinguished business leaders.

Tourism Kingston

On November 25, Tourism Kingston hosted an Accessibility Workshop to highlight the upcoming changes to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Twenty local tourism sector business owners attended to learn about the legislation which will come in to effect January 1, 2012.

Tourism Kingston proudly supported the 1st Annual Fundraising Dinner & Hotstove in support of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame held at the Ambassador Conference Hotel on November 28. The event featured hockey celebrities Don Cherry, Ron McLean and friends and raised over $47,000 to be used towards the relocation of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame to the Smith-Robinson building in Downtown Kingston.

Corporate

KEDCO is proud to announce that the Corporation raised $2,277.37 in support of the United Way of KFL&A – surpassing the goal of $1,000 dollars.  A special thank you to Lenore Hass, who was KEDCO’s Employee Campaign Coordinator and led a very successful fundraising campaign.

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Release source: Kingston Economic Development Corporation