Prince Edward County Council has appointed members of its new Community Development Commission – intended to reflect the diversity of community development partners to achieve council’s economic development objectives of :
• Creating sustainable jobs that are well matched to employment needs and opportunities
• Supporting the County’s profile as an attractive economic climate with business opportunities
• Build on local assets, resources, heritage and innovation, while
• Increasing the municipal tax base.
“The Commission is a vehicle in which we can combine resident expertise along with the resources of our community business and tourism organizations,” said mayor Peter Mertens. “TASTE the County has significant experience stimulating agricultural and tourism growth in the County through quality enhancement and marketing initiatives. PECCTAC advocates the importance of balancing economic, social and environmental considerations when promoting tourism and commerce in the County. Along with the perspective of our councillor and citizen representatives, this model will synchronize these community development efforts.”
County residents John Giraudy, Blake Vader and Tim Ward will join TASTE the County CEO Jeremiah MacKenzie, Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (PECCTAC) General Manager Michael McLeod, and councillors Barb Proctor and Terry Shortt to complete the membership of the commission.
Giraudy will provide executive experience in business development and strategic planning along with specialization in marketing, sales, and communications. He has demonstrated an investment in the County in health care governance and continues to volunteer services to the local hospital and provide mentorship for small business initiatives.
Vader brings significant knowledge gained through his decades of experience in the agricultural industry. Locally known for his family business of livestock, crop and market gardening, he will also contribute his knowledge of the local tourism industry, having recently launching a successful vacation trailer rental business.
Ward brings a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities for independent businesses in the County as gained through the operation of his family business – Quinte’s Isle Campark. He will contribute knowledge gained through ownership of a successful tourism-based business, along with his experience creating employment opportunities for local residents.
“We were very pleased with the community interest in Commission membership, and the quality of applicants,” said councillor Barb Proctor. “Appointed members have demonstrated the enthusiasm and experience necessary to help us achieve our ultimate goal of building a sustainable community.”
“The diverse perspectives of members and associated organizations will help the Commission maintain a balanced focus on the County’s economy and social, cultural and environmental aspects,” says councillor Terry Shortt. “This collaborative model is a unique way to work with local community members to achieve our community development goals.”
Initiatives of the new department will complement the commission in the development of community policy, programming, and planning. Gerry Murphy, former Commissioner of Planning and Building Services, will provide leadership and support as the County’s Director of Community Development until the end of 2012. Recruitment is under way to select a new director, with an intended start date of fall 2012. Community Development Coordinators are expected to be hired in the next few weeks to complete the staff complement.
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