Community Development Department Newsletter


November 2017



It’s that time of year again! As winter approaches, it provides a chance for business owners and operators to reflect on the recent busy season, to plan and strategize for next year, and take advantage of growth opportunities. The successful Winter Survival Workshop series, now in its fifth year has been fostering and motivating fresh ideas and helping local businesses take advantage of opportunities to expand, improve, reach new markets and become more efficient since 2013.


In partnership with The Small Business Centre, PELA CFDC and the Prince Edward County Chamber, the County’s Winter Survival Workshops deliver important and relevant training and education to small businesses in Prince Edward County to help them stay competitive  Upcoming workshops include:

November 14, 2017 - Introductory MS Excel 

November 21, 2017 - Market Research 
November 28, 2017 - Intermediate MS Excel  
December 5, 2017 - Advanced MS Excel 


For full details visit Build a New Life - Winter Survival Workshops


Grant Applications Over $5,000 Due by
Friday November 17th, 4:00 pm


The County of Prince Edward Community Development Department administers funding requests over $5,000 for non-profit groups and organizations. These are requests for funding for cash and in-kind use of municipal facilities.


The grant application process involves a completed application form; organizational information summary; previous year’s Financial Statement; Grant Follow-Up Report/Accountability Form if a grant was awarded in a previous year; scheduled deputation, and submitted presentation to Council. For further details on eligibility and how to apply CLICK HERE. 


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Tourism related business owners and event organizers are encouraged to submit their information for a free listing on The County's official tourism website:  




For menus and participating restuarants visit! November 3 - 26.



Creative Rural Minds Networking Event:

Return of the Giving Edition, Nov 30th


Join us at Consecon’s new restaurant, The Mill PEC, for a special holiday networking edition of Creative Rural Minds. Informal networking will be accompanied by live music from Jeremy Kelly, a cash bar, and a special menu prepared by chef Sebastien Schwab so you can sample The Mill’s tasty local cuisine.


We are bringing back the wildly popular GIVING WALL!


Please find more details on the Facebook Event Page. Hope to see you there! 


Tourism Development Alliance 


Tourism Development Alliance meetings are intended for any/all associated with County tourism and/or hospitality businesses to come together for updates on destination marketing and sharing their projects, businesses offerings, and questions/concerns. 


We have had fewer attendees to these meetings in the past year than usual and so are reconsidering their format. There will be no November meeting.


Stay tuned for information on a December alternative - and contact Rebecca Lamb with any destination marketing questions.


Read the October meeting minutes HERE.


Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 



Prince Edward County will be represented by a variety of local businesses at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo  in Toronto November 16-19. There are still spots available to particiapte!


Contact Rebecca Lamb | for details.

Commercial Space Availability:

The CDD is actively promoting available industrial park land for sale in Picton for the development of commercial units for businesses. The CDD recognizes the need for commercial lease space that provides connected services, loading bay access and office or retail space. For more information, please see our industrial properties HERE.

New Video Series Showcasing Local Craft Brewers


The Food and Beverage (FAB) Region partners (which includes Prince Edward County) are pleased to announce a new video series showcasing four craft brewers in their region – 555 Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., The Napanee Beer Company and Wolfe Island Spring Craft Brewery. The goal of the video series is to raise awareness of the FAB Region through profiling some emerging craft breweries. 


Watch the Videos



Workforce Development & Attraction

The Community Development Department (CDD) has been supporting job seekers and employers through a number of initiatives. Workforce Attraction was identified as a top priority in our 2016 Business Retention and Expansion survey of the manufacturing and construction sectors. Over 80% of employers faced workforce challenges, double the provincial average of other rural Ontario municipalities. Work began in 2016 to ensure The County is attracting the right skilled labour to fill the positions and allow businesses to move forward with their expansion plans.


Below are some exciting initiatives supporting local workforce development.  If you are an employer interested in finding out more, please contact the CDD. 




New County Job Board Feed Provides Central Spot for Job Seekers

The Community Development Department has launched a new Job Board on Build a New, which is an active feed of all local job board listings into one central location! These job boards include Career Edge, Indeed, Kijiji Jobs, the government job bank and more. Feel Free to browse any of the recent job opportunities which will take you to the respective job posting sites. Recent Stories

'A Business Friendly Enviroment'



Carson Arthur is partial to wild foraging on his Wilson Road property in Prince Edward County, as well as growing wildflowers and vegetables and keeping bees. Sound idyllic? Carson tells us about being not at all retired in The County.


Read His Story.



Duarte Da Silva is Executive Director of the Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association (PECWA), but before he reached those heady heights, he volunteered for years in County cellars, vineyards and tasting rooms. He tells us his story.


Read His Story



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