This is the first installment of a monthly blog series from the desk of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) President & CEO Rhonda Keenan. “Economic Development Matters” will highlight opportunities, challenges and perspectives on the region’s most important economic development topics.
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Although we were all looking forward to a fresh start to a new year, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc for the foreseeable future. The pandemic is still ongoing, and we must do everything we can to follow the recommendations of public health officials and provincial orders. However, I am confident that we will figure out this second wave (and any others), just as we did the first. This time we have more experience to help us out.
Small businesses are scrambling once again to adjust their business plans to accommodate for sales. Restaurants have become take-out centres. Parents are working from home but have also become IT support and in-class teaching assistants. Tensions are high, frustrations continue to build and it seems that few of us are enjoying this ‘new’ normal.
Despite all those things, we remain a resilient community, led by resilient businesses.Rhonda Keenan
While this pandemic ravages on, I wanted to share a few positive spotlights at a time when we could use some good news stories to lift spirits:
- Congratulations to Merit Precision and Charlotte Products for joining forces to expand and create a commercial line for hand-sanitizers and disinfectants.
- We have identified 14 more entrepreneurs that will become the latest cohort of Starter Company Plus programming.
- We added a virtual advisor available to support Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ small business operators and entrepreneurs to work through some of the challenges that they have encountered along the way over this past year.
- In partnership with Community Futures Peterborough, we have a launched new funding program to support local tourism-dependent businesses from the impacts of COVID-19.
- Other community partners are expanding their offerings and demonstrating that “when there is a will there is a way”. Congratulations to Lang Pioneer Village for creating virtual education programs with free and paid resources for teachers and parents.
- Fleming College has also created new online learning courses to help us adjust to these new conditions that we are working in.
COVID-19 has certainly been a strong adversary, but within the first few weeks of 2021, it is clear that Peterborough & the Kawarthas is up for the challenge.
Stay well and stay safe,
– Rhonda Keenan
What’s Happening with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
Looking ahead to February
- Agriculture Inventory Launch with City of Kawartha Lakes
- Tourism Resiliency Funding Applications
Upcoming Partnerships & Presentations
- Presentation to Peterborough City Council on Monday, February 8th
- Presentation to Peterborough City Council on Wednesday, February 17th