Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | July 8, 2014
St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Prescott's live theatre generates over $1.5-million
The popular St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival generated $1,585,880 in Leeds Grenville for 2013, according to the Ministry of Tourism's Regional Economic Impact Model. More than 6,000 people took in performances. 

The 2014 season is expected to be even more successful as it has gained national attention as the only Canadian stop of the Globe Theatre production of Hamlet. The British troupe's Globe to Globe world tour of 205 countries is in celebration of the 450-year anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. The two sold-out performances will boost the local festival's economic impact by $388,465 in just one day.

The two feature plays at the waterfront amphitheater this year are The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, running from July 12 to August 16. 

Season opens Saturday, July 12

Claire Armstrong and David Adams in the Tempest. Banner Photo: Singer Camille Beauchamp
Attendance has increased by 600% in 12 years. More than half of the patrons come from outside a 40 km radius including: 28% - Ottawa, 16% - other parts of Ontario, 9% - the United States, 3% - other provinces, 1% - international. 43% are from Leeds Grenville.
Public Meeting at Kemptville College
The Kemptville College Renewal Task Force is hosting a Town Hall meeting that is open to the public on Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. at the W.B. George Centre on the Kemptville Campus. The session will include a Task Force update on their activities to date, their findings, and recommendations moving forward. 
The Municipality of North Grenville will also provide an update on its decision to investigate how it may assist in the operation of Kemptville College on an interim basis.

The Task Force was established following the University of Guelph's announcement of their intention to close the Kemptville Campus. The Task Force is looking forward to meeting with Lyle Vanclief, the provincially-appointed facilitator for the Kemptville renewal process. 
Save the Date!
Economic Development Summit: November 21, 2014


Businesses and community members are invited to attend the 2014 Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit. 

This premier networking event provides leaders in the region with an opportunity to share best practices and showcase innovations that are game changers to the Leeds Grenville economy. 


Josh Kardish, Regional Group Planner, shares the importance of public / private partnerships at the 2013 Summit.
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