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Community Development Department Newsletter

May 2019




Watch for our new Visitor’s Guide which will be available for visitors starting in late May. This fully illustrated publication, by local artist Kelly Panacci, is bilingual and designed to get visitors out and about and exploring off the beaten path. 25,000 copies are being printed and will be distributed via the nine hot spots and through stayPEC accommodations partners.



25 Things to Know about Prince Edward County is a newly-released publication for those considering a move to The County. This is a great resource for real estate agents, recruiters and accommodations providers. Booklets are available for pickup at Shire Hall, in both English and French. Email Trevor Crowe with any questions.






Take two minutes to showcase your project, charity or non-profit organization that enhances the community and you'll have a chance to win $5,000. This contest is a great opportunity to raise awareness about your organization and ultimately win some money for your cause! Enter here.




A new rural internet service provider is using a 3500 MHz spectrum opened up in January 2019 by the federal government to deliver 25 Mbps download speeds, available to both residential and businesses in Prince Edward County. Towers located on May Cross Rd and Demorestville are now online, with more towers scheduled. Towers typically can reach a radius of 10-15 km depending on geography and other factors. Contact Mike at 613-476-1161 at The Source in Picton for more details. 



New County Coworking Space

The County Coworking Space team is nearing completion of a newly renovated space in downtown Picton. They are interested in knowing more about the types of co-working needs in Prince Edward County. Please fill out this short online survey. With your valuable input, this survey will allow them to create a great coworking experience that matches the needs of our community. 




The Community & Economic Development Commission (CEDC)  is seeking civic-minded individuals to join the Ad Hoc Destination Marketing Subcommittee. Duties include identifying new marketing opportunities and trends; identifying appropriate marketing tactics; providing feedback on past and ongoing municipal marketing activities; suggesting potential service delivery agents for content creation & creative work; assisting with identification of strategic ad buys, mediums and marketing mixes; providing feedback on proposals received for contracted marketing work; making recommendations to the CEDC as required regarding marketing activities. For more information and to fill out an application, click here.



Call for Proposals
Grants of $10,000 to $40,000 are available through the "Greater Than: County Youth Collective" initiative. Proposals for pilot projects that build collaborative programs and processes to address youth learning and engagement in Prince Edward County must be submitted by May 6. Email Kristin for more details.



Details of draft Short Term Accommodation licensing outlining associated costs, infractions, general licensing provisions and licensing application requirements are available at Public comments on the draft licensing will be received until Friday, May 3. 




If you missed our PECWA Spring Tune Up session on navigating the Temporary Foreign Workers program, here's a link to key presentations from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Watch the full video here.




Rebecca Lamb of the Community Development Department shares 100 New & Notable Things in Prince Edward County at the first annual PEC Tourism Industry | Spring Session on April 29. Watch for all the updates from this meeting, and for a Fall session via @pec_tourism on Instagram or @PEC Destination Marketing & Development on Facebook. 




Grant recipients for the 2019 Municipal Community Grant Program gather for a photo. Recipients must demonstrate the value and benefit of their work to the community and capacity to complete the proposed project. Nine organizations will receive $166,200 in cash and $5,200 in-kind support under the Grants Over $5,000 stream and 14 organizations will receive $9,291 in cash and $33,451 of in-kind support through the Grants Under $5,000 stream. For more information please go click here.






Looking for PEC tourism industry updates, news and notices? Sign-up for our tourism industry monthly newsletter, Facebook group, or Instagram account!



Hoping to get your front-line staff prepped for the busy summer season, able to confidently answer any and all tourist questions about The County? Consider Tourism Ambassador Training this spring! Sessions will be held May 8 in Hillier, May 9 in Bloomfield, 
May 14 in Sophiasburgh, and May 16 in Wellington.




Find out what's on this month
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or catch the highlights on the blog.

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From The Blog







Join Hothouse Mobile Sauna, Dreamtree Charcuterie, Bugs & Botany, Ellotte of Soap and Bentpath Quilts, amongst others, at a new artisan, vintage and rummage market at Macaulay Heritage Park. The market kicks off May 11, with free admission to the Museum too!  Enjoy wood-fired pizza served 11-1 p.m.



Step back in time to Loyalist Days, with the Gathering of Friends Rendezvous at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. Over the Victoria Day weekend, committed re-enactors camp on-site, living as Loyalists would have done in their earliest days in Canada, gathering around the cooking pot, playing games and indulging hobbies.

Visitors can join in the fun, with games for kids like hoop & rod or the frying pan toss, or watch demonstrations of knife throwing, tomahawk throwing or atlatl throwing, an Indigenous mechanism for throwing spears.






Join the Wellington Heritage Museum, Wild by Design and Fuller's Native & Rare Plants for an Heirloom Plant Sale in the new Wellington Heritage Garden! Featuring heirloom varieties of bee balm, hairy beardtongue, geranium, aster, phlox and sedum, as well as native varieties, including coreopsis, clematis, marsh milkweed, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and obedient plant.





Escape Macaulay House!

The year is 1846 and Reverend William Macaulay has neglected to pay his servants. Find clues and solve puzzles to help "Jane" find a hidden treasure that can make up for lost wages. For tickets and FAQs, keep reading.







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