News Hastings Highlands asked to put $50,000 towards economic development SHARE ON: Andreas Pandikiu, contributor, Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017 Photo credit: Andreas Pandikiu - Moose FM. Hastings Highlands Council is being asked to put $50,000 it has reserved for economic development to good use. The request comes from Maynooth & Hastings Highlands Business Association Government Relations Advisor Carol Russell, who made a presentation to council earlier today. Russell says she wants the $50,000 for economic development to be included in the 2018 budget, and used in a few ways. //www.mybancroftnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/50K-Econ-Development-1.mp3 The three reports Russell refers to are Hastings Highlands’ Business Retention & Expansion Survey, the First Impressions Community Exchange, and the Tourism Brainstorming Workshop. Russell says doing this will benefit the municipality because nobody knows where it is, and what it does. //www.mybancroftnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/50K-Econ-Development-2.mp3 Russell says the municipality can apply for a Rural Economic Development grant of up to $75,000 to put towards hiring the implementation coordinator, along with other efforts. She also has a contingency plan ready to hire the coordinator by making due with $50,000 from Hastings Highlands. The municipality is guaranteed $10,000 from the Community Futures Development Corporation of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin to put towards these efforts. She also wants the municipality to begin preparing an Economic/Development Tourism Strategy by the end of the year.