Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | March 24, 2015

Province certifies Johnstown Industrial Park as "Investment Ready"

A significant parcel of Leeds Grenville industrial land is now a Certified Investment Ready Site through Ontario's Investment Ready Program. The Johnstown Industrial Park is a 360-acre, fully serviced, divisible greenfield that is open for business and shovel ready.

Located in the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, the park has multi-modal transportation access. It's minutes from the Highway 401-416 interchange, the deep-water Port of Johnstown and the Prescott-Ogdensburg International Bridge to the United States. Some of the current tenants in the park include GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc., Measurements International Ltd. Prysmian Power Cables and Systems Ltd.

The Ontario government's Investment Ready Certified Site Program helps communities be more competitive by promoting their development lands on the world stage. Certified Sites benefit from an international marketing campaign aimed at site selection decision-makers and lands are profiled on the province's international website. The program gives developers easy access to important property information, such as availability, utilities servicing, mapping and completed environmental assessments. By reducing unknowns associated with land development, the program helps projects get underway faster. 

To learn more about the Johnstown Industrial Park investment opportunity visit the Leeds Grenville website. 

Top feature photo: An aerial view of the park showing its ideal location.

Business leader Heather Howard, left, receives her award from Wendy Onstein, of the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre.
Heather Howard is recognized with the
Lifetime Achievement Award 
She's launched successful businesses in Leeds Grenville and continues to be a leader in this region. Earlier this month, Heather Howard earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for her business achievements dating back to the 1970s.

Heather opened Rideau Travel in Kemptville, later launched St. Lawrence Travel, Tours and Transit with husband Les Howard, launched the 1000 Islands Duty Free Store on Hill Island and, in 2008, built the seniors residence Fox Run Inn by the River near Gananoque. A new condo development beside the residence opened last year for people living independently but wishing access to Fox Run meals and care.

Heather received the award at the International Women's Day "Make it Happen" event on March 5. The recipient of the Brockville Women in Business Sue MacLaurin Leadership Award, also presented at the event, was Karen McDonald-Hurley. Karen is owner of the Opportunity Group, which provides consulting services for businesses and agencies.
HR Hub now available to support business
The 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board has launched a HR Hub for small- and medium-sized businesses looking for human resources information.The need for the hub was identified by business owners during a planning process addressing local labour market challenges. 

The hub can be accessed through the Workforce Development Board's website. It offers current and relevant links and HR information. Visit the Hub for more information.

Upcoming Events

Augusta Mayor's Breakfast

This annual event is on Friday, April 10, 7:30-10 a.m. at the Grenville Snowmobile Club. Call the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre at 613-342-8772, ext. 470 to register.
Business Showcase and Expo

The seventh annual Business Showcase & Expo hosted by Edwardsburgh Cardinal and Augusta Townships and the Town of Prescott is Friday to Saturday, May 8-9. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.