Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | June 2, 2015

Top feature photo and above: The covers of the newly-launched publications Invest: Where Lifestyle Grows Good Business and Discover: 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Waterways.
New promotional guides headline region as a great place to live, work and play with iconic landscapes
Profile-raising publications are in circulation to attract business investment and entice a larger audience to the region's iconic 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Waterways. Invest and Discover guides feature testimonials from local business leaders, residents and visitors as to why they live, work and vacation here. The booklets were created by the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office.

The Invest publication is the first of its kind for Leeds Grenville providing an economic overview of the Counties and highlights the region's six business and industrial parks, business resources, sector and labour force data. It will be sent to Ontario's International Marketing Centres around the world in coordination with the Ministry of Economic Development. Discover explores how this region is famous for its iconic waterways, 24 inland lakes, natural, cultural and historic attractions. A section on "What Locals Know" provides real stories on why this region rocks.

See the full media release via this link, visit our LeedsGrenville.com website or contact us to get your copy. Our office is located at 32 Wall Street, third floor, Brockville.
Rideau Canal infrastructure to benefit from $39.4-million from Federal Gov't
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, joined Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville, Monday to announce new infrastructure investments in the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

More than $14.5-million will go toward nine infrastructure projects within three Leeds Grenville municipalities. These include in North Grenvillle rehabilitation of the Burritts Rapids Earth Dam and in Merrickville-Wolford rejuvenation of the Upper Nicholsons Earth Dame, the Merrickville Swing Bridge, the Edmonds Weir lockstation and dam and Lock 25. Rideau Lakes will see improvements in Narrows Lock 35, rehabilitation of the Jones Falls Concrete Bridge, replacement of the Chaffey's Swing Bridge and the Jones Falls Timber Bridge. Another $4.5-million will be used for lock masonary repairs at various locations between Kingston and Ottawa, as well as major lock, bridge and dam rehabilitation at sites in Kingston and Ottawa.

The investment represents the largest federal infrastructure plan in the 104-year history of Parks Canada. The projects will create jobs and will enhance visitor experiences along the Rideau Canal. 

The major government investment for the 202-kilometre man made water sytstem was announced Monday by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, second from left, and Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown, second from right. Also shown are Doug Struthers, chair of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy steering committee, at left, and  Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada CEO, at right. The Rideau Canal is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage destination and is a National Historic Site. 

Upcoming Events
Tourism development roundtable:
Add your voice to this conversation

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, in partnership with Leeds Grenville MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark, will be hosting an evening focusing on tourism development. The special guest speaker is MP Blake Richards, chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus.

Attendees will have the opportunity to identify the key issues for tourism development and to discuss industry growth in Leeds Grenville. The event is being held on Thursday, June 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Quality Hotel Royal Brock Conference Centre. 


Learn more about this event or you can register online. The deadline to register is June 16.

 Thursday, June 18th 

Guest speaker MP Blake Richards, chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus.
Celebrating Business
Win an Ontario Export Award

There is stilll time to nominate a company or self apply for an Ontario Export Award. Does your company export products, service or technology? If it does, your company could be recognized with a 2015 Ontario Export Award on November 24 in Mississauga. The awards recognize Ontario's top exporters and celebrate the vital role of trade in Canada's economy. The deadline to apply for an award is June 30. The deadline to nominate a company is May 29. For more information visit the Ontario Export Awards website.