The Town of Gananoque will receive up to $96,250 in funding through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program in collaboration with the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands. The project, Creating an Ecosystem for Innovative Business, is designed to increase economic competitiveness and diversity through the region which will, ideally, result in expansion of markets and creation/retention of jobs. The project will operate until December 2019 to effectively capture the audience and present an innovative marketplace intended to support entrepreneurship. A Project Coordinator, Laura Goddard, will work closely with both municipalities to deliver on the project outcomes.
Collaboration is critical to the success and longevity of the project. Along with the Town and the Township, the project also partners with KEYS Employment Centre, Gananoque and 1000 Islands Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development Board and Gananoque Library, recognized as the Business Support Network. This group facilitates progressive business workshops to local business in order to enhance their success and growth in the region. The Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands recognize the importance of innovative thinking and that the market place is continually evolving. The project is focused on attracting leading-edge entrepreneurs, fostering the development of youth inclusion and advancements in technology. It addresses a significant barrier by encouraging business diversification and creating a competitive advantage in the region. Gananoque Mayor, Erika Demchuk, says, “This is an excellent opportunity for the two municipalities to collaborate in attracting more diverse business into our communities to support the economy and create more services and jobs for our residents.” “By partnering together we are able to share resources to nuture pioneering growth, and remove barriers,” comments Leeds and the Thousand Islands Mayor, Joe Baptista, “and finding exactly the right fit for the region. We must be diligent in our combined efforts to create prosperity and work outside formal borders.”
Support through the RED program will allow the partners to further develop the necessary tools to market the region to build a strong entrepreneurial culture by incorporating market research, the development of marketing vehicles, and delivering ongoing support for existing and emerging business. The investment attraction activities will continue past the funding and will adapt to the market place as required.
For more information contact:
Town of Gananoque
30 King Street East,
613-382-2149 ext. 1127
Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands
1233 Prince Street,
613-659-2415 ext. 227