Council, at their last Committee of the Whole meeting, discussed the 2018 McSweeney Economic Development Report, as well as updating the billboard sign bylaw. Any decisions they make will be verified at the next Council meeting.
After going in-camera at its last meeting, Council declared afterwards that they would be creating a joint venture economic development corporation. They will release more information later this week.
Council is awaiting feedback from staff on a terms of reference for the new Economic Development Committee, which will have public members.
This weather, coupled with Thanksgiving, brought a surge of tourist traffic to Grey Highlands. It was great to see these daytrippers visit us to enjoy the colourful fall leaves and our local natural assets nestled in the Beaver Valley. Tourism is an important driver to our economic development and we will be investigating how the Chamber can develop a bigger role in the future.

Some of these tourists are the folks buying the new homes being built in Grey Highlands, and we are excited to welcome new energy to our community. Just as are our long-term residents, newcomers are welcome to give me a call at (519) 986-4612 for a bit of an orientation. Alternatively, our website, always available, has a list of our Chamber Members, who work with us to serve everyone in our community.
Don’t forget that we’re seeking nominations for Junior Citizen of the Year (under 30), Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year (over 60), and Business of the Year. The Board will select the winners and announce them at the Annual General Meeting. Email nominations to

It was all smiles as we welcomed Chamber Member Susan’s Delicatessen to the “Shops on 12” in Markdale last week. Mayor and Grey County Warden Paul McQueen, several Grey Highlands Councillors and municipal staff members, Members of the Chamber, and the public, family, and friends celebrated the grand opening of Susan’s with proprietors Suzzi Raposo and Catherine Clarke. Please see the picture in this edition.
Please join us in welcoming these new Members to the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
ODDs & SODs (Facebook, Website, Instagram, LinkedIn) of Collingwood is extending her service area in Grey County, offering fully insured assistance with striking items off your to-do list: organizing, household chores, gardening, and errands.
Eugenia Lake Candle Co. (Facebook, Etsy, Instagram) is a home-based local maker of paraben-free soy candles and wax melts. You’ll be impressed by the natural scents and professional packaging, which make wonderful gifts for yourself and others.

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