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Economic Development eNews  |  September 3, 2014
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Above: from the Healing Circle Labyrinth in Johnstown. 
Banner at top: the Rideau Ramble Display Gardens and Centre.
Garden Tourism
The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office has partnered with Brockville Tourism in developing and promoting Garden Tourism in the region, and we need your help.
Garden Tours throughout Leeds Grenville will be part of an upcoming print and electronic promotional campaign. Please submit your garden event information to the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office at [email protected].
Include your contact information (name, phone number and email address), the event  name, date(s), time(s), cost (if any), and any website or social media links.
Vote for Blockhouse Island: a 'Great Place' in Canada
Blockhouse Island in Brockville has been nominated as a 2014 'Great Place' in the annual contest hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), heralded as 'a sort of a combination of Peggy's Cove, Stanley Park's Seawall and Victoria's waterfront but on a more intimate and varied scale',  
Canadians will vote for the Peoples' Choice awards in each category, while the CIP judging panel of planning experts will pick the Great Places in Canada for 2014. The most popular places nominated will be highlighted as finalists on the Great Places in Canada website. 
Vote to let Canada know what a great place Brockville's Blockhouse Island is.
Voting ends September 25, 2014.  
Promoting the Rideau Canal at the World Canals Conference
Mayor Doug Struthers and Darlene Upton, representing the Rideau Canal in Milan, Italy
The Village of Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers is attending the 27th annual World Canals Conference in Milan, Italy, this week. He will give a 40-minute presentation with Darlene Upton, Parks Canada Executive Director of Waterways. Kawartha Voyageur tour boat operator Marc Ackert is also at the conference.
As ambassadors of the Rideau Canal and Rideau Heritage Route, they will be presenting to over 200 delegates from around the world. A National Geographic survey recently touted the Rideau as the second most authentic, sustainable tourism destination in the world. Mr. Struthers said the goal of the local delegation is to increase on-land and on-water tourism traffic by promoting the Rideau Canal as a world-class tourism destination.
Other representatives from Norway, Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, France, Serbia, Chile,  United Kingdom and the United States are also presenting.
Learn more about the World Canals Conference, and the Rideau Heritage Route.
Workshops and Seminars
Wednesday, September 24
7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 24
6-8:30 p.m. in Kemptville
Visit the Leeds Grenville Workshops & Seminars page for more opportunities.
Small Business Advisory Centre announces fall seminar line-up
The Small Business Advisory Centre of Smiths Falls and Lanark County has released their fall / winter seminar schedule. Offering over 10 seminars from September through December, there is certain to be something that helps strengthen your business.
Topics include intellectual property, branding, blogging and social media for business, accounting, cash flow management, income tax, workplace safety and insurance, and more!
All seminars are hosted at the Centre in Smiths Falls unless otherwise noted. For more information and to register, please visit the Small Business Advisory Centre website.
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Leeds Grenville