E-News September 2017

Arts Route, Farm Show and Small Business Coordinator


Arts Route Video

Creating a sense of place is key to attracting more tourists, dollars and investment to our local economy. That’s why we promote local artisans on our award winning Arts Route.  And it is through the Arts Route that we begin to brand Hastings County as the creative place that it is. We have partnered with Wordbird Media and released an attractive video to show and promote the Arts Route. The video is available here and features some of the members of this trail of painters, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, performing artists, and other original people that reside in Hastings County. 

paint brushes


Farm Show

This year's Farm Show was hosted by Jim and Janet Sandercock in Trenton on Aug. 23-24. The two days were filled with things to see and do thanks to the 300 exhibitors of agricultural technology & services, woodlot info & demos, crafts, family program, antiques, Queen of the Furrow & entertainment. The Hastings County's Economic Development Tent welcomed thousands or people looking to learn more about our services, our tourism attractions, and to taste the delicious farm-fresh food samples offered by Harvest Hastings Producers. 

people by tent


Small Business Coordinator

Hastings County offers free and confidential business coaching to anyone across our 14 member municipalities – from an entrepreneur looking to turn his or her passion into a business, or an established business owner looking to expand or needs help with their management plans. Mark Hanley coordinates this program for Hastings County and facilitates a people centred approach to community and economic development.  Through this program we assist business startups, connect resources and inspire a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and spirit.  

To learn more, contact Mark at hanleym@hastingscounty.com or 613.391.0350.

 mark hanley