KEDCO Update: Week Ending February 4, 2011

Published on: 2011/02/04 - in Releases

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES

Business Development

The annual Work in Kingston Day took place on February 2 in Grant Hall at Queen’s University.  The event, designed to promote not only local employers and employment opportunities but also the quality of life and cost of living in the city of Kingston, was a tremendous success.

Historically, the event has averaged 10 local employers participating and approximately 200 students attending.  This year, 55 employers (with a few understandable cancellations due to the weather) and over 2,000 students took part.  Work will begin immediately with Queen’s Career Services and other local employment support organizations on next year’s event.

Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke to a group of 300 local business and community representatives on February 3 in Kingston.  The focus of his presentation was on Ontario’s Plans for Economic Growth and included comments on Kingston’s economy and role within the province.  Also in attendance was The Honourable John Gerretsen, MPP Kingston & The Islands/Minister of Consumer Services and three regional mayors/reeves.

Tourism Kingston

Chris Whyman, Visitor Services Manager and Kingston’s Town Crier was acknowledged by The Honourable Peter Milliken, MP for Kingston and the Islands and Speaker of the House at a special luncheon on February 1 in Ottawa.

Connie Markle, Conferences & Travel Trade Manager hosted a familiarization tour for a national touring event organization on February 3 in conjunction with Feb Fest [3D article] and K-Rock Centre events.  Over ten representatives took part in a broad range of activities to introduce them to advantages of hosting events in Kingston.

Corporate

The KEDCO Board of Directors has scheduled a special long-term planning session for Saturday, February 26.  The half-day working meeting will focus discussions around how KEDCO is aligned with and supports the municipal Strategic Plan; options and methodologies to review and refresh the Corporation’s Strategic Plan; and, a review of local market trends.

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Release source: Kingston Economic Development Corporation

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