Almaguin Highlands Economic Development Partnership Committee (AHED)
Terms of Reference ~ 2012
The Vision of AHED is to enhance the quality of life for the Almaguin Highlands citizens and visitors through encouragement of economic development
The mission of AHED is to facilitate and share information and resources within the participating communities in the Almaguin Highlands.
These include: Armour, Burk’s Falls, Callander, Chisholm, East Ferris, Joly, Kearney, Machar, Magnetawan, McMurrich/Monteith, Nipissing Perry Port Loring, Powassan, Restoule, Ryerson, South River, Strong, Sundridge and Whitestone.
Goals and Objectives
The Committee shall consist of a broad representation and may include participants from
Municipalities, Industry, Commerce, Education, Services, Economic Development agencies and any other interested parties / individuals.
May be established as needed
Background & Accomplishments:
AHED was formed in Nov. 2005 in follow up to the Almaguin Highlands Strategic Plan which gathered and provided increased knowledge of the region for the promotion of continuing prosperity here. Through meeting once a month to share information, municipal, individual and business members have been able to improve and better link their separate economic development initiatives. Members have become better connected to regional growth and populations and have also cooperated as a network on several beneficial projects:
Connect Almaguin ~ between meetings AHED members effectively network through their secretariat and directly about projects brought up at monthly meetings ~ members send and receive relevant information from Ministries, Agencies, community projects and events, to share with their respective organizations. From propelling economic development interns being hired to focus on shared initiatives to funding forums, bringing partners together has proven effective for AHED.
Showcase Almaguin ~ one-day conferences have been organized biennially to feature economic and community development initiatives of a particular focus. (eg. 2007: Trails, 2011: Tourism). Presentations by relevant regional and provincial organizations, a tradeshow and round-table discussions / workshops have resulted in great networking opportunities and stimulated growth for participants and the region.
Carpool Almaguin ~ launched in 2009 and continued through AHED members, this project provides an on-line connection system and parking lots in 10 Almaguin municipalities through which Almaguin residents can carpool. As a result, access to employment and educational opportunities in particularly major centres surrounding our rural areas has been improved and both transportation costs and carbon footprints have been reduced.
Almaguin.org ~ In 2006 this website was established for information about the region of East Parry Sound by a business member. It provides internet media access to AHED via posting approved meeting minutes and documents such as the Showcase Almaguin report as an in-kind donation.
Regional Trails Mapping and Signage Project ~ through 2009-2011 a project of creating and installing effective and consistent signage and associated mapping for trails and trails systems across our region was spearhead by Discovery Routes, an AHED member. Partners brought together largely through AHED networking included National and regional funders, municipalities and a variety of trails organizations active in East Parry Sound.