New Economic Development Advisory Committee holds inaugural meeting
by Sandy Lindsay

February 20, 2017


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Saugeen Shores' new Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) held its inaugural meeting on February 14th.

The newly formed Committee consists of two members of Council, a Port Elgin BIA member, a Southampton BIA members, a Saugeen Shores Chamber member and two members of the public appointed by Council.

At its first meeting, the Committee elected John Rich as Chair, and Vice-Chair, Jeff Carver. Other members include Councilor Don Matheson, Mini Jacques, Jamie Dunlop, Steve Harris and Melanie Byers.

John Rich

Rich is also a Saugeen Shores Town Councilor representing Port Elgin ward and Jeff Carver is President of the Port Elgin Business Improvement Association (BIA).

The Committee will also be supported by staff from the Busnes Enterprise Centre, Chamber of Commerce, County of Bruce Planning or Economic Development and the Saugeen Shores CAO (or designate).

Initially, the Committee's mandate is to make recommendation to Council on matters that will foster and enhance quality of life and prosperity in the community. 

According to CAO, Dave Smith, one of its most important roles will be to advise Council on the development of policy and programs related to  economic vitality with a view to enhancing prosperity through coordinated public investment fostering private development and retention of existing jobs.

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The Committee's set of responsibilities has yet to be finalized but among them will be to "...make recommendations respecting implementation of the Community Improvement Plans (CIP), Streetscape plans and Facade Improvement Studies in both Port Elgin and Southampton including capital improvements within the urban cores".

At its first meeting, Saugeen Shores new Economic Development Officer, Jessica Linthorne, presented an introduction to her new role and responsibilities in the development of Saugeen Shores.

The Committee will meet bi-monthly


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