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Council Wants Stronger Economy On Peninsula

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula to hire Economic Development Coordinator in hopes of benefiting from the Bruce Power economic boom.

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South Bruce Peninsula council has taken the next step towards hiring a full-time Economic Development Coordinator.

Council agreed some time ago, that such a person was needed and at its July 17th meeting, approved a job description for the position.

Most of council agreed with the move, however, Councillor Ana Vukovic did not.

Vukovic says the municipality has tried this at least twice before and she doesn't believe there was any benefit to spending the money on such a person this time around.

Staff have indicated that a new Economic Development Coordinator will cost about $100,000--salary and benefits included.

Vukovic went on to say, a decision on this position should be the responsibility of the next council, after this Fall's municipal election.

Mayor Janice Jackson, who along with the rest of council, voted in favour of moving ahead, says the municipality needs to get into the business of assisting new development.

She points to other communities in Bruce and Grey that have such coordinators who are helping their municipalities take advantage of the influx of people and businesses coming to the region, because of the Bruce Power Life Extension program.

Mayor Jackson says it appears South Bruce Peninsula is missing out on attracting new businesses and development to the area, without a person focused on that task.

Staff has been directed to advertise for the position.

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