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PREDC in process of hiring new executive director
By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council

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One of the top priorities for the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) is to hire a new executive director.

The position became vacant with the death of Gerry Taylor last month.

In an update to Kincardine council, in committee-of-the-whole Thursday night (Jan. 9), PREDC vice-president Robert Cottrill outlined the achievements from 2013, and the goals for 2014.

To date, PREDC has hosted two "Meet and Greet" business community events, and launched the "Sustain" magazine.

It has gained local business and community support, and continues to forge new partnerships, and it encouraged the Marriott Towne Suites to accommodate and enlarge a conference facility with its property east of Sobeys Kincardine.

PREDC continues to perform economic development duties for the Municipality of Kincardine.

The corporation kick-started the natural gas project in April, 2010, bringing Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie and several manufacturers to the table; and continues to support the project.

Other projects PREDC is involved with are:

  • Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley
  • Kincardine Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Ongoing activities and efforts of Team Kincardine and the Kincardine Tourism Table
  • Penetangore Kincardine Airport Task Force
  • Fostering the development of the Highways 9 and 21 Business Park Phase 2, and the Bruce Energy Centre
  • Penetangore Centre of Innovation

The next steps for PREDC are to hire a new executive director, and hold a community engagement event to discuss long-term and short-term goals.

Also on the docket for 2014 are:

  • Pursue financial support and sponsorships
  • Foster and continue opportunities identified and developed with various government ministries and agencies
  • Continue marketing efforts through the "Sustain" magazine, PREDC website and social media
  • Negotiate service agreements with private enterprise and regional municipalities
  • Implementation of the Kincardine Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Organize the third "Meet and Greet" business networking event
  • Pursue financial support for the Penetangore Centre of Innovation

 

"The natural gas project is our number one priority," said Cottrill, and PREDC is also working to find more industrial land, including the property north of Zehrs Market.

Councillor Ron Coristine said PREDC has assisted in putting many things in place which is very encouraging for the municipality. "We need decent jobs so our young people will stay and raise their families here," he said.

"Your website is very impressive," said deputy mayor Anne Eadie, "and your volunteer board of directors has a wide range of skills.

"You have made great progress; you've done well, considering the difficulties in losing Gerry (Taylor). 

"You're on a good path and we thank you for your efforts."

Councillor Jacqueline Faubert asked if PREDC would consider participating on the Armow Wind community liaison committee.

"There's a role we could play there," said Cottrill.

PREDC's budget request to the municipality this year, is $142,500 plus HST.



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