Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews  |  December 9, 2014
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Mayor Roger Haley signs a friendship agreement with Cenxi officials. Mr. Kinsella is at top right.


In the feature photo at top: Mayor Haley, shown at the podium, is among 300 officials watching the Leeds Grenville video on the Jumbotron.

Regional video shown in China
A video promoting the 1000 Islands, the Rideau Canal and the Leeds Grenville region has been well received by Chinese audiences. Roger Haley, a local mayor with the Township of Front of Yonge, took a Mandarin translation of the video developed by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development office on a November trip to China. 
The video was showcased at the International Mayors' Forum on Tourism in Zhengzhou and to education officials in the City of Wuzhou. Also on the mission was Frank Kinsella, mayor of Leeds and the Thousand Islands until December 1.
The two mayors visited five cities in 10 days promoting this region as a tourist destination and a prime place for international students. Mayor Haley signed a friendship agreement with the City of Cenxi. Mr. Kinsella signed an agreement with the City of Wuzhou.
View this and other Leeds Grenville promotional videos. 
Special presentation to winner
Longtime Maitland resident Richard Dumbrille was honoured Monday at the Augusta Township Council meeting for his community volunteerism award.

The Bill Thake Memorial Award for Economic Development Leadership was presented at the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Summit on November 21. Mr. Dumbrille won the award but was away at his son's wedding in Vancouver at the time.
Augusta Township Mayor Doug Malanka and outgoing Reeve Mel Campbell both praised Mr. Dumbrille for his decades of work in preserving historic buildings in Maitland. He has restored 24 buildings and his efforts have led to the village being named one of the most preserved places in Ontario. Mr. Dumbrille's work has provided employment and much-needed housing in the township. He received the Order of Canada in 1976.
Learn more about Mr. Dumbrille on our website.

Richard Dumbrille is a founding director of what is now known as the Ontario Heritage Trust.
Funding Opportunities
Get help with your local training needs through Job Grant
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is very new and ready to help with your employee training needs. the six-year funding program was announced in March of this year. It provides up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. The government pays two-thirds of direct training costs.
Employers in the Gananoque, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Rideau Lakes and Westport areas may contact Trish McNamara at Keys Job Centre 613-382-1085, ext. 203. 
In the Brockville, Front of Yonge, Athens, Elizabethtown-Kitley and Augusta area contact Michelle Carroll at the Employment and Education Centre, 613-498-2111, ext. 231.
In the Prescott, Spencerville, Merrickville and North Grenville area contact Ted Livingston at CSE Consulting at 613-342-2312. You can learn more about this program on the Ontario government website.
Regional Marketing
Time to shout out your big event
There are only a few days left to have your event listed in the Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) Guide. Make sure your festival is in the book! Go to the Festivals and Events website and tick the 'Submit an Event' box. It's easy!
The deadline is this Friday, December 12. FEO will be producing the 2015/2016 edition in partnership with the Ontario Tourism Marketing  Partnership Corporation (OTMPC). The publication will have a 12-month shelf life and will list what's happening across the province from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. The web edition will be out in March on the the Festivals and Events Ontario and the Ontario Travel websites. Let's ensure Leeds Grenville and eastern Ontario festivals and events are listed.
Portland's Skate the Lake last year. Get the word out about your 2015-16 festivals and events to bring new visitors to the Leeds Grenville region.
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