KEDCO Update: Week Ending March 4, 2011

Published on: 2011/03/04 - in Releases

HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES

Business Development

Jeff Garrah, CEO met with City of Kingston consultants to review the Williamsville Main Street Study.  KEDCO is working with the City and property owners to identify opportunities for future development and improvements for this area.

John Paul Shearer, Director of Business Development attended The Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction launch of The 2010 Kingston Deprivation Index.  The launch of the first edition of the Deprivation Index comes as a result of work between the Roundtable and the City of Kingston to develop a tool to measure poverty in our community.

Work is underway on a series of U.S. Trade Missions to begin later this spring.  KEDCO is planning delegations with select local business leaders to target specific American markets to increase foreign direct investment into the City – both through attracting American firms to establish a Canadian presence in Kingston and, to support local businesses expanding their sales into the U.S.

Tourism Kingston

Tourism Kingston was pleased to announce this week that Kingston will host the 2011 BDO Canadian Open, the second of four elite men’s championships in the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling series. The event will take place December 14-18 at the K-Rock Centre and will feature 18 of the world’s best men’s curling teams competing for the BDO Canadian Open and Capital One Cup trophies, hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money, and valuable qualifying points towards a berth into the 2013 Olympic Trials.  The first round of ticket packages go on sale March 11.

Tourism Kingston will be hosting delegates from the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) on a Familiarization (FAM) tour on March 8 & 9 in advance of their annual conference which is taking place in Ottawa.  The FAM tour will include dinner at Fort Henry, tours of Bellevue House and the Penitentiary Museum as well as a walking tour of downtown Kingston with the Town Crier.  Tourism Kingston will be attending the conference and will be sponsoring the TMAC breakfast.  TMAC, the premier travel media association in Canada, brings together travel media and tourism industry members to foster excellence, uphold ethical standards, and promote professional development.

KEDCO welcomes Kayla Napier to the Tourism team.  Kayla will be taking on the Partnership Services portfolio while Jacqueline Bell is on maternity leave.  Kayla joins Tourism Kingston from Fort Henry where she held the position of Marketing Assistant and Special Events Coordinator.

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Release source: Kingston Economic Development Corporation