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Andrew Redden, Ec.D.(F)

Andrew Redden, Ec.D.(F)

Andrew started Hastings County's economic development office from scratch in mid-2007. Since then he has secured more than $1 million in senior government funding to help implement a variety of projects including the Premier-ranked Tourist Destinations Framework, developed and launched an award winning investment marketing strategy and in 2010 brought a unique Enterprise Facilitation project to the County which directly assisted more than 100 businesses open or expand. The result? Despite the financial meltdown over the past four years, Hastings County has 8% more (207 total) businesses operating today. Andrew is past-Chair of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission's Tourism Investment Committee, he is a founding member of the Harvest Hastings Board and he also initiated, in partnership with neighbouring counties, the award winning FABRegion.ca initiative. He has won a number of awards with the County including the top economic development award in the province (the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Marketing Excellence), a national award for the Invest in Cheese initiative, a national award for ArtsRoute.ca, and awards from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario for the iHastings iPhone app and the County's economic development website. He also accepted an award from the Community Futures Development Corporations in Ontario for the success of the main street revitalization project that he coordinated (a provincial pilot project) in Madoc, Marmora, Stirling and Tweed. With articles published in both Municipal World Magazine and the Ontario Professional Planners Journal, he has a Master's degree in Planning, he's a Certified Economic Developer Fellow Ec.D.(F) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). He has completed the Municipal Administration Program (MAP), received a Certificate in Downtown Revitalization from Fanshawe College and is a Certified Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator.

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Articles Posted by Andrew Redden, Ec.D.(F)

Will e-commerce kill the mall?

I’ve never been the type that likes to window shop and wander around shopping malls. I only go if there’s something in particular I need, More...

Small town economic development more difficult?

I just read this article on a LinkedIn Group. It’s an interesting read about the challenges of small town / Main Street economic development. There More...

Supply management or not?

If you subscribe to Canadian Business magazine, you may have noticed the editorial by Duncan hood on p. 6.  It’s titled “A nation held hostage More...

Can kiteboarding help us build the community of tomorrow?

How can we best prepare to build our communities for tomorrow? The answer may be situated within sport. It occurred to me last Spring when More...

Save the Group of Seven House

In the northern region of Hastings County, you will find the small Village of Maynooth. Nestled a hop skip and a jump away from Algonquin More...

Free French lessons?

I was listening to CBC Radio’s The World at Six the other day.  One of the stories was about how the City of Montreal is More...

Trade School

Trade School Toronto is a cool creative idea.  It’s not a situation where you enroll and pay money to learn a new trade, but rather More...

Food processing #1 in Ontario

According to the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, farming and food processing in the Province of Ontario is now the number 1 industry. An economic More...

Craft beer boom

Big breweries are buying into small craft beer.  Why is that?  Small-scale, craft beer is one of the only growth segments in the beer industry. More...

Exemplary rural economic development

Not long ago I had the pleasure of studying rural economic development across the Province of Ontario.  This was for a published paper I wrote More...