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Investment Opportunity - Craft Beer
by Andrew Redden

Want to open a small scale commercial brewery?  There's an app for that!  Read all about it here.

Report on Seasonal Residents Survey for Hastings County
by Kasey Pollard

The North Hastings Economic Development Committee (NHEDC), in partnership with the County of Hastings, secured funding in January of 2013 from Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Centre Hastings & South Algonquin to conduct a survey of seasonal residents in Hastings County. While surveys have been conducted in the past in Hastings County, this is the first time that the Seasonal Resident population has been surveyed.

Economic Development Progress
by Andrew Redden

I can't believe it's been almost seven years since I was hired as the Economic Development Manager for Hastings County!  Time sure does fly by!  

A great deal of work has taken place in that time since August, 2007.  I started with a blank canvass and eventually there emerged a few award winning initiatives and strategies to build the foundation for successful economic development services across the County.

Wellness business expands
by Andrew Redden

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Natural Rhythms Health Centre's new expanded location in Stirling-Rawdon.  Owner Dr. Dan Boyle, a chiropractor, recently sought larger space for his practice and dojo studio.  His new location is just west of downtown Stirling at 400 West Front Street, Unit 8.

Beer means jobs - Investment opportunity
by Andrew Redden

I can just hear Homer Simpson saying, "Mmmmmm Beer!!!"  Yes Beer is a yummy treat and great thirst quencher.  It's also an opportunity for new investment and jobs!

As reported by the CBC, the Conference Board of Canada says beer accounts for 45% of all beverage alcohol sales.  Beer makes 1 out of 100 Canadian jobs.

As well, 85% of the beer consumed in Canada is produced here.  That's great to hear.  

An economic development initiative that works!
by Andrew Redden

Since December, 2009, our County has invested in the role of an Enterprise Facilitation Coordinator to provide free and confidential business coaching.  This is support for new and existing entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they're on a main street, in an industrial park or situated on a back country road. 

It's also not just the "Facilitator".  Through the help of a volunteer Resource Networking Board, entrepreneurs are provided with connections and resources to help them better manage or open their business.

Congratulations to HOTie Award Winners!
by Andrew Redden

On Friday, October 18th, our County hosted the 2nd Annual HOTie Tourism Dinner and Awards Celebration to recognize the successes and achievements of our local tourism businesses, organizations, festivals and individuals. Hastings County is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the 2013 HOTie awards, and they are:

Investment Opportunity
by Andrew Redden

Interested in starting a brewery?  We have the perfect resource.  Go to now and download our new Start-up Handbook.  It's even available as an app for the iPad.

All the information you need in one complete handbook!  Contact us after reviewing it for more support.


Ontario’s Ministers of Energy and Rural Affairs visit Marmora Pumped Storage Hydro Site
by Andrew Redden

As part of the municipality of Marmora and Lake outreach on the innovative pumped storage energy project at the former Marmoraton Iron Mine, the Reeve, Terry Clemens, and members of other municipalities in the area hosted an event at the site with Minister of Energy, Hon. Bob Chiarelli and Minister of Rural Affairs, Hon. Jeff Leal on August 15th.


MPPs Visit Marmora Pumped Storage Hyrdro Project Site
by Andrew Redden

NDP MPPs Catherine Fife and Michael Mantha visited the Municipality of Marmora and Lake on Monday to meet local officials and to tour the Marmora Pumped Storage Hydro Project Site, announced Reeve Terry Clemens.

Enright Cattle Company loves Hastings County!
by Andrew Redden

Kara Enright of Enright Cattle Company was one of the featured creative entrepreneurs at our recent Creative Hastings in Tweed.  Watch the video below of her explaining her business and "why Hastings County?"

Let's tell the story together!
by Andrew Redden

Here is a video of creative entrepreneur Trevor Telford speaking at our recent Creative Hastings "unplugged" on May 10, 2013.  Listen to Trevor explain why Hastings County is the place to be!

One on one coaching
by Andrew Redden

We are pleased to be following the proven Ernesto Sirolli approach to economic development.  We provide free and confidential business coaching to any entrepreneur looking to start a business and to those looking to expand or modify their offerings.  We produced a video to showcase how it's working.  Here it is!

Meat Packers for Sale
by Andrew Redden

Meat PackersThe Hastings County Meat Packers suffered a setback when owner John Klompmaker passed away last year.  It's now listed for sale.  With the

What is the Creative Rural Economy?
by Andrew Redden

Here is a video of me explaining the Creative Rural Economy in Hastings County and introducing "Creative Hastings Unplugged".

Hockey Night in Hastings County
by Andrew Redden

In case you missed it, a Hastings County band The Matthews Brothers had one of their songs featured during the opening of a Stanley Cup Playoff game.  Here it is: 

Why Hastings County?
by Andrew Redden

Watch creative entrepreneur Fern Garside explain why she chose Hastings County. 

So Chickadelic in Stirling
by Andrew Redden

Earlier today I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new business Chickadelic Salvage & Design in downtown Stirling.  CEO Kerry

Ramsay has been working on the business launch for a while now and she did a fabulous job!  

Investment plans for Marlbank
by Andrew Redden

According to a news release issued by the Municipality of Tweed, the community welcomed a group of foreign investors at a gala celebration on February 25th in the Hamlet of Marlbank. Mrs. Sophia Yan of Mixculture Tourism & Technology Company has purchased a large parcel of land with the intention of opening an international resort destination.  While complete details are not yet available the company is looking into the feasibility of a golf course, spa, winery and other uses for the 325+ acres of land along Lime Lake. 

Wollaston Township supports proposed wellness centre
by Andrew Redden

The Bancroft Times published a story on the front page of their February 7, 2013 edition featuring a potential huge boost for Wollaston Township.  The boost could come from the proposed Deer River Cardiac Health and Wellness Retreat/Resort.  Read the story here.