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E-News for Monday, January 13 2014

Tuesday is Last Chance to Register - Luncheon this Friday


This willl be Mayor Williams final State of the City  Chamber Luncheon, please join us if your schedule allows.

Register before January 15th

Click here to register for the Luncheon or contact Jennifer at 613-392-7635

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Quinte Region Economic Outlook


CLICK HERE to register online

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The Great Waterway Survey

Dear Partners – The Great Waterway is exploring ways to provide online internet training to help our tourism businesses market their businesses, products and services better.  This training will live on our industry website and will be available 24/7 on a wide range of internet topics.

In order to best assess the needs of our tourism businesses we have prepared a very brief survey to be completed by our small to medium sized tourism businesses (less than 50 employees).  We need your help in getting this message out including this invitation to participate in the survey.

Please forward the following survey link to your tourism networks as soon as possible.  The survey is now open and will close on January 24 -  your help in spreading the word is appreciated!

The link is:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DLPQK9Z

Thank you,
Bonnie Ruddock
Project Manager

T 613.344.2095 ext.103 | F 613.344.2096 | C 613.329.2753
www.thegreatwaterway.com | www.region9tourism.ca

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CCC - Infrastructure Report

Dear Member,

Today, we issued a report entitled The Foundations of a Competitive Canada: The Need for Strategic Infrastructure Investment. Our report examines the poor state of Canada’s public infrastructure and makes recommendations for a long-term investment strategy to bring Canada’s infrastructure back to the level needed to support prosperity.

Modern and efficient infrastructure is a core component of a competitive economy. Public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, highways, water systems and the electrical grid provide services critical to economic competitiveness, sustainability and quality of life. Without sufficient investment and upkeep of public infrastructure stock, countries rapidly fall behind.

Unfortunately, Canadian public investment in infrastructure has not kept up with our economic needs and our investment needs far outstrip the availability of public funds. To succeed, we not only need to attract new levels of private investment, but we must also ensure our investments are made strategically, effectively and efficiently.

Bringing infrastructure in Canada back to the level needed to support prosperity will not be easy. It will require an ongoing commitment by all levels of government and active engagement with private sector stakeholders. We have to change the dialogue from “catch-up” investments or “economic recovery” to investing in our competitiveness as a country.

Access the report.

For more information, please contact Leah Littlepage, Director, Canada-U.S. and Transportation Policy.

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CCC Canada's Top 10 Barriers

February 11, 2014 | Ottawa Convention Centre | Ottawa, ON

Canada is facing a competitiveness challenge and lagging productivity. The Canadian Chamber’s Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness is an ongoing initiative aimed at getting Canada back on track. These 10 critical policy and regulatory barriers are preventing Canadian businesses from achieving their full potential. But, something can be done. We must identify and implement real, tangible solutions for breaking down the barriers to our competitiveness and for creating more opportunities and greater prosperity for Canadian businesses and families.

Join other business, government and academic leaders to discuss four priority areas for 2014 led by competitiveness experts:
• Skills shortages: Nobina Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada
• Infrastructure: John Gamble, President, Association of Consulting Engineers Canada
• Commercial diplomacy: Peter Harder, President, Canada-China Business Council
• Manufacturing: Allan O’Dette, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Solving these issues will sharpen our competitive edge and allow us to prosper in the global economy.

For more information, visit our website.

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Police & Community Together

Inspector Mike Reynolds Detachment Commander of the Quinte West OPP would like to extend to you an invitation to Police And Community Together (PACT).

PACT is an 8 week program that will commence on Thursday January 9, 2014 and will continue every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm until February 27, 2014 in the Multi-Purpose Room at 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton (City Hall).

The program will highlight many of the specialty services available through the Ontario Provincial Police. These services are regularly used by the Quinte West OPP in their daily delivery of policing to the community.

Guests will hear presentations from a number of special field services including, In Service Training Branch, Highway Safety Division, Recruiting Unit, the OPP Auxiliary Unit, the Quinte West K9 unit as well as the Emergency Response Team. Guests will have the opportunity to interact throughout the presentations.

You can RSVP Constable David Ludington at david.ludington@ontario.ca or 613-392-3561 prior to January 15, 2014.

We look forward to your attendance.


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Accessibility Webinar Tomorrow

Informational Webinars for EnAbling Change Applicants

Please join staff from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario for an informative webinar that will provide insight into applying for this year’s EnAbling Change Program.

Aimed at potential program applicants, the webinar will cover the parameters of the program, the basics of the Grants Ontario application portal, and a question and answer period with ADO staff who evaluate proposals.

Please join us on:  Tuesday January 14, 2014, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

To join the webinar please visit the link below:

To submit an application or for more information please visit Grants Ontario:

EnAbling Change Program contact information:
Phone: 416-212-1033
TTY: 416-326-0148
Toll-free TTY: 1-888-335-6611
Fax: 416-325-9620
Email: enablingchange@ontario.ca

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Roots of Hockey Fundraising Dinner this Saturday

Looking for donations for the silent auction table.  Contact John Smylie if you wish to dontate to this great fundraiser.  613-392-0297



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Excel Workshops

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Technology & Internet Workshop

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Grow Your Business Online

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Start Your Own Business

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New show starting soon!


Tickets on sale at the chamber office or call and reserve your seats.

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CLICK HERE to check out our newly updated business page.

* The QW Chamber facebook page is a great place to stay UPDATED on what is happening in Quinte West

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Thanks, Suzanne

Suzanne Andrews, Manager
Quinte West Chamber of Commerce