HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT PROGRESS & ACTIVITIES
The Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) is scheduled to take place from September 15 – 17 at the Ambassador Resort and Conference Centre in Kingston. The OEMC provides a program featuring current topics relating to provincial legislation and its impact on the municipal sector, economic development issues, agriculture and tourism activities which will be presented throughout this three-day event. Along with plenary sessions and mobile tours, numerous workshops will feature speakers with hands-on, practical experience of interest to small, medium and urban communities. Private sector and government ministries participate through exhibits showcasing businesses and programs of interest to the municipal sector. KEDCO is working with the OEMC to organize guided tours of the city for delegates and will be presenting on a variety of panels.
Christa Wallbridge, Project Manager – Business Development has been assisting numerous local companies to access government investment support through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) SMART Program. During the month of June, Wallbridge supported 9 local companies develop applications with a potential for $2.1 million new funding which would then be matched by local company’s investment in growth and expansion of their operations if successful.
Tourism Kingston will be hosting Greg Stremlaw, CEO of the Canadian Curling Association on July 9 for a site visit as part of the bid for the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Sport Tourism Manager Gary Kelly will accompany Mr. Stremlaw on tours of various accommodation providers, the K-Rock Centre, and other local facilities.
Tourism Kingston has hosted a number of familiarization tours over the past two weeks. Connie Markle, Meetings & Conferences and Travel Trade Manager, and Chris Whyman, Visitor Services Manager, accompanied delegates from the South Korean Press, Shittoki Japanese Morning show film crew, Canadian Destinations (Diving Magazine), East Indian film crew, and two freelance travel writers on tours of Kingston. These familiarization tours provide Tourism Kingston with an opportunity to showcase our accommodations, attractions, culture, dining, history and events to travel media delegates.