About Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
To be a vibrant, innovative economy with a unique rural-urban lifestyle.
To lead Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ economic growth by attracting the talent, innovation, and investments that create desirable jobs and an irresistible place to live and visit.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is the lead regional economic development agency for the City and County of Peterborough.
Working collaboratively with local stakeholders, we attract, retain and support businesses, investors, entrepreneurs, and visitors in order to nurture growth opportunities and foster the continued development of a vibrant, prosperous community with quality and sustainable jobs throughout the region. We promote and position Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a place to live, work, invest and visit. We operate Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre (one of the Government of Ontario’s 57 small business enterprise centres) and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism (the official destination marketing organization for the City & County of Peterborough).
We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of 12 members of our local community, including the Chief Administrative Officers for both the City and County of Peterborough.
We are funded to deliver economic development and tourism services through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City and County of Peterborough.
To facilitate an environment which will contribute to the creation of wealth, the growth of new employment and the development of an improving quality of life for area residents. PKED will promote, facilitate and develop a strong unified economic development presence for the Greater Peterborough area (being the entire geographic region consisting of the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough). PKED will work cooperatively with local municipalities and other organizations to ensure that investment opportunities through the entire Region are effectively developed.Memorandum of Understanding
We have a team of dynamic professionals that offer economic expertise that identifies growth opportunities, supports local businesses thrive and grow in our community, and attracts new companies and visitors by highlighting the region’s competitive advantages. Leaders from Peterborough & the Kawarthas business community sit on our Board of Directors, and oversee and govern our not-for-profit corporation.Meet our Team
Our friendly and skilled team provide a variety of confidential, complimentary support services and programs for anyone looking to learn more about Peterborough & the Kawarthas. This includes companies or individuals interested in locating, visiting, and starting or growing a business in the region.
Want to know more about Economic Development? Check out this Economic Development Matters video.Browse Our Services
2020-24 Regional Economic Development Plan
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development has created a new five-year regional economic development strategic plan: Future Ready: 2020-2024.
The strategic plan was created to propel Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ into the future through sustainability, innovation and partnerships.
The future of Peterborough and the Kawarthas lies in the region’s ability to adapt to world economic forces disrupted by technology as well as Canada’s demographic shifts. This strategy is centered on the following vision:
To be the most sustainable and innovative community and economy in Ontario.
- Promote Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a Destination of Choice for Business, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Students
- Leverage the Region’s Mix of Rural and Urban Assets and Business
- Build a Job-Ready, Highly Skilled and Innovative Workforce of the Future
- Support All Phases of Entrepreneurship, While Also Supporting Existing Businesses
Each year, we create an annual business plan that aligns with the needs of our stakeholders and our strategic objectives. Want to learn more about the progress we are making to foster a prosperous, innovative and vibrant Peterborough & the Kawarthas?Browse the Reports
Leading with Facilitation & Collaboration
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is a part of a bigger picture in creating a community with a vibrant and healthy economy, made up of a variety of community and governmental organizations, including municipal governments, Chambers of Commerce, Workforce Development Boards, local business associations and others. Meet the companies and organizations we work closely with to make Peterborough an irresistible place to live, work, invest and visit.Community Partners