A series on Haliburton County’s Creative Economy Part 2.
By: Jim Blake
In 2009, Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC), our local Community Futures Development Corporation, formed a creative economy committee to look at ways to:
- encourage innovative people who already have an attachment to the area to move and run their business here
- support new and existing businesses in the county that work in the creative economy
- showcase local businesses that are successfully engaged in the creative economy
- support our local governments to engage in planning that will help attract new businesses.
The HCDC website shows some of the resources and information collected to date. A series of videos is currently in production to show the world how innovative businesses have been successful in Haliburton County.
Working in collaboration with the Haliburton County’s Department of Economic Development, HCDC is also engaged in a regional initiative to advance the creative economy in Eastern Ontario. Haliburton County will be one of the areas featured at an upcoming conference on the creative economy to be held at Queens University.
Here are some of the stories to come: how local businesses get people in England to visit their dentist, manage the moving requirements for the G8 and G20 Summits, provide signs for the Bank of Siberia, turn wood chips into electricity, use a high tech computer software and ancient technology from Pompeii, get people from South Africa to go dog sledding, use Facebook to sell upcycled goods around the world and more.