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As written by Lacy Gillott, For The Intelligencer, August 20, 2014:
Measure of success
by Andrew Redden

When I go for a jog, I find it's a great time to think about stuff.  My mind wanders, yet I often have many "Aha!" moments.

New Business Ventures in Deseronto This September
by Kasey Pollard

Peytan’s Place and The Cannery Café Celebrate New Business Venture

Melinda Turriff of Peytan’s Place and Kelly Schnurr and Melain Rodriguez of The Cannery Café are very excited to announce their newest business venture.  Peytan’s Place will be making an exciting move from its existing location at 428 Dundas St. to a brand new location at 501 Dundas St. Peytan’s Place and The Cannery Café have partnered together to serve the public from one convenient location above Karen Brown’s Antiques & Collectibles.

Hastings County - an investment opportunity
by Andrew Redden

This past weekend I was chatting with my brother-in-law about the differences between home prices in Hastings County vs. Toronto.  There is a huge difference.  While on paper the lure of an increase in salary at a job in the City might seem attractive, taking on that job doesn't necessarily mean more money in your pocket.

A Place for the Arts in Bancroft
by Andrew Redden

As reported recently, and in both the Bancroft Times and Bancroft This Week newspapers, the brand new "A Place for the Arts" in Bancroft recently held an open house.

Deseronto Welcomes “The Fork in the Road Eatery”
by Kasey Pollard

Deseronto is home to a new Eatery, situated at 236 Dundas St.

Wheels in Motion on Earth Sciences Centre
by Andrew Redden

As reported in the Bancroft Times on May 8, 2014, the Wheels are in Motion for an Earth Sciences Centre. 

The article reported on the meeting recently co-hosted by the County and the Town of Bancroft on April 29, 2014.  It was held at the Community Futures Development Corporation boardroom and attended by representatives of the Town, Algoqnquin First Nation, FedDev, Community Futures, the Chamber of Commerce, Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club and others. 

$193,300 for Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative
by Andrew Redden

Thanks to a generous $193,300 grant over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Hastings Stewardship Council are launching the Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative

$193,300 for Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative
by Andrew Redden

Thanks to a generous $193,300 grant over three years from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Hastings Stewardship Council are launching the Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative

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!