PREDC continuing on without executive director

Board committed to economic development initiatives

By Barb McKay


The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation is continuing its objective to bring business to Kincardine, despite its split from the municipality.


PREDC president Jim Prenger told The Independent last week that the corporation is moving ahead with initiatives despite the fact that it no longer has a contract with the Municipality of Kincardine or an executive director. Ron Coristine resigned from PREDC in July to pursue other interests. The corporation continues to operate with its original board of directors and each member has taken on additional duties.


“We do have enough funding to keep us going a year or two,” Prenger said.


PREDC is in the process of completing its 2015 edition of Sustain magazine, which is expected to be published in October. The corporation hired Kincardine resident and recent university graduate Emily Walker to help produce it. This edition will focus on longstanding businesses and industry, along with the hospitality industry, specifically the new Marriott hotel. Aside from annual visitor guides, including The Independent’s tourist guide, there is no other publication that promotes the municipality, Prenger said.


PREDC’s main priority after its magazine is the completion of a welcome package for new businesses, investors and entrepreneurs. The corporation has approximately $3,000 available for the endeavour.


“We have had a request on the table for a long time from businesses to do this,” Prenger said.


The package will include a list of all businesses in the municipality, not just Chamber of Commerce members, and information about the medical clinic, schools, churches and recreation.


Aside from those initiatives, PREDC is holding off on taking on any significant projects for the time being.


“As far as time and effort goes we have to scale back a bit because it is all volunteers,” Prenger said.


He noted that the corporation will continue to assist local businesses and look for developers for land at the end of Gary Street, behind No Frills. PREDC is also expected to meet with municipal staff in the next month or two to discuss plans to move forward with economic development. Prenger said he has been following CAO Murray Clarke’s plans for economic development with interest.


“We’re glad to see they (municipality) have included some of the things we’ve been working on,” he said.