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Community Development Department Newsletter

August 2019




Todd Davis named Acting Director, 
Community Development & Strategic Initiatives

Todd Davis has been named Acting Director of Community Development & Strategic Initiatives. Formerly the Community Development Supervisor, Davis has extensive experience with the municipal process, having been involved with short-term accommodations licensing, cannabis, green energy development, affordable housing, small business outreach and developing the strategic plan. Davis joined The County in 2012 from Northumberland County, where he was responsible for destination development. He has also been a professor in the Hospitality & Culinary programs at Durham College and Loyalist College.




The County Foundation, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, The County of Prince Edward, Community Development Council of Quinte, Food To Share, Picton United Church Food Bank, Storehouse Wellington Food Bank, Prince Edward Learning Centre and Loyalist College Business Group have come together to form The Food Collective. With a common agenda to fight food insecurity, this strategic partnership now has three Actions Teams working at more than two dozen activities, from community engagement through participation. 

Volunteers are invited to join The Food Collective, to join an Action Team, to join our partners, to build public awareness of Food Insecurity, improve education about and around food, and to improve access to affordable, nutritious food. Contact The County Foundation  or any partner organization for further information.  




Starting August 15, 2019, eligible organizations will be invited to submit an application to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for funding of up to $25,000 from the Local Food Infrastructure Fund.

The $50 million Fund, which comes as part of the new Food Policy for Canada, consists of two streams.

Under Stream 1, three calls for proposals will be launched over a period of five years, the first being from August 15 – November 1, 2019.

This first stream, titled Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects, aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally local foods within their community. For more information, click here.




Application stream for RED Funding open until September 9

Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program is cost-share funding that supports activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario, and opens doors to rural economic development by:

  • Providing funding assistance to address barriers to economic development, to better position rural communities to attract and retain jobs, and investment, and enhance economic growth;
  • Providing funding to build community capacity and support for economic development in Ontario’s rural communities; and
  • Investing in rural communities to help diversify and grow local economies – making economic growth more inclusive so Rural Ontario continues to share in the province’s economic prosperity.

Not-for-profit entities are eligible for matched funding under the Economic Diversification & Competitiveness stream and the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream. Learn more here






Small Business Support

Do you have an idea for a business and want help figuring out the steps needed to make this dream a reality? Are you in business already and exploring ways to solve a problem or grow to the next stage?
Sandy Abbott is available to work with you, providing free, confidential business support funded by the Community & Economic Development Commission.
Whether you want help with the formal aspects, such as registering your business, writing a business plan or preparing for a loan application, or just want to brainstorm ways to connect with the right local resources to strengthen your enterprise, a one-on-one session with Sandy can be a good business decision.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy at 613-476-4240 or email




Industrial Park Properties

Four Industrial Park Properties remain. All are zoned MG-20 General Industrial Zone and are serviced with full municipal sanitary sewer services. 

Lot 25 on McDonald Drive - $29,025 (.645 acres)
Lot 29, 32 on McDonald Drive - $29,430 (.654 acres)
Lots 26, 27, 28, 33 on McDonald Drive - $158,500 (3.3 acres)
Lot 34 on McDonald Drive - $56,700 (1.26 acres)

For more information, contact Tom McEvoy, Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd. at 613-242-1045.





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Finding a place to rent can be a daunting task for newcomers to Prince Edward County, and for established residents too. There is lots of competition for a limited number of rentals, but this article shares tips from realtor Treat Hull on how to boost your chances of finding a place to rent. Keep reading.




The Marans Dine Bar

Guerin Sykes and his wife Jessica opened The Marans Dinebar in the plum location between the Regent Theatre and Picton Library earlier this year.

“It’s a unique kind of kitchen,” he says wryly. “Very compact. About 100 square feet. I have no gas, no hood, but what I have are three induction burners and I use my immersion circulator. I cook most of my proteins sous vide, so there’s no grease, it’s  all in water baths.”

Add in a couple of pressure cookers and a toaster oven and he’s serving an average of 100 people a day on weekends with 20 seats inside, 20 on the patio.

“Lunches can be a bit crazy,” he says cheerfully, “dinner is more relaxed, a little more refined, and we’re all having fun.”

After working for years in corporate hospitality, as executive chef for universities and big companies, Guerin was looking to get back to the more intimate side of hospitality, and he found it on Main Street, Picton. Read more here.




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Family Rate at Escape Macaulay

Escape Macaulay is a tough nut to be cracked - but it can be solved by anyone whose age is in the double digits, including Norah and friends, seen here celebrating a recent birthday! This summer, dress cool - it's an immersive heritage experience, there's no AC - and take advantage of our family rate of $75! Escapees can collect a free cocktail at Kinsip House of Fine Spirits and get $2 off the ticket price for the Escape The Library event this summer at the Picton Branch. Find ticket links here:




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