Jeff Green | Jan 26, 2006
Feature Article - January 26, 2006
Feature ArticleJanuary 26, 2006
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Addingon Highlands EconomicDevelopment Strategic Plan
by Jeff Green
Forty or so business people from the Highway 41 corridor met in Kaladar early last Thursday morning. They spent the morning considering the strengths and weaknesses of the township as a place to do business. Using laptop computers and a network hook-up, a consultant kept track of individual opinions, slowly constructing a coherent strategy for economic development in the township.
The strategic planning initiative was funded by the Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC). The session was organized by the Addington Highlands Economic Development Committee, under chair Bill Brown.
At the planning session, which coincided with a business breakfast, Bill Brown announced that he will be leaving the area to move to Kingston at the end of March. Brown has been living in Addington Highlands for seven years, and he was the founding Chair of the Economic Development Committee,
The Committee has been very active in recent years, particularly in promoting a resort development initiative. Just last week, committee members travelled to Golden Lake, with a developer, to talk to the Council of the Pikwakanagan Algonquin First Nation in an attempt to convince the Pikwakanagan Council to join Addington Highlands in trying to convince the Province of Ontario to free up some Crown Land for the project. (Most of the Crown Land in Addington Highlands is included in the ongoing Algonquin Land Claim).