Busy Board

The Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce has been very busy ensuring that our Members’ ideas and concerns are brought forward to the Municipality. Here’s what we’ve been up to in just the past few weeks.

We submitted a proposal to Council to remove the development charges for 20 first-time home buyers. We suggested that funding could be made available from previous years’ surpluses. Council received the information for consideration.

The Chamber supported, at a public meeting, removing the home size minimum of 1,000 sq. ft. We encouraged the Municipality to let the Building Code determine the minimum home size.

The Chamber also supported, at a public meeting, the development of a campground bylaw that sets the minimum size at 5 acres in a rural zone. The Chamber recommended 60 campsites, rather than 72.

We provided a letter of support to the Municipality for their application for a Regional Economic Development grant to renovate 11 Toronto St. N. with the intention of building a business enterprise centre to serve Grey Highlands and the surrounding region.

Important Dates

Mark your calendar!

Thurs., Sept. 26: Federal All Candidates Meeting. Markdale’s Centre Grey Complex. Doors open 6:30pm, meeting starts 7:00pm. Food bank donations gratefully accepted. See ad in paper.

Weds., Oct: 16: Meet & Greet open to all businesses, as we host the West Grey Chamberof Commerce just west of Markdale. Further details will become available.

Thurs., Oct. 24: Chamber Annual General Meeting. Flesherton Kinplex. Citizenship Awards begin evening at 7:00PM. Keynote speaker is tourism marketing specialist Chris Hughes.

Podcasting

Your Chamber has provided some startup funding for the podcast In Grey Highlands This Week. Using podcasting to reach out to members of our community and become a source of honest, compelling local news firmly brings our Chamber into the 21st century.

Our aim is to provide our community with a vehicle to regularly shed light on important local issues, and provoke discussion of these with reference to the local effect of wider current affairs.

The fourth episode will be released on Sept. 27 when you should be able to hear it at your favourite podcast outlet sites such as iTunes or at http://ingreyhighlandsthisweek.libsyn.com.

In order to continue moving forward with these important podcasts, additional funding will be needed. This will include seeking out grant opportunities and sponsorships.

One way you can help our organization is to purchase your “Gas for Year” lottery ticket. Win $2,000 of SHELL gift cards. New driver in your house? What a gift! Tickets will be available for purchase at the Federal All Candidates Meeting and at the Chamber Office.