The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing board has scored another municipality’s support.
Monday night, Quinte West council agreed in principle to offer the board $86,172 over a two year period. It works out to $43,086 or $1 per capita, ultimately $0.30 less than last year.
Last week the Board received unanimous support from Belleville City council for $50,000 a year. The request will go to the 2017 operating budget talks.
At Monday’s meeting, executive director Dug Stevenson said going forward a Memorandum of Understanding will be sent out to participating municipalities as they work to establish better communication with city councils.
With Bay of Quinte Tourism and Bay of Quinte Living now transitioning into one entity this decision ensures Quinte West will have a spot on the board. The board will now look to Prince Edward County, Hastings County (south) and Tyendinaga Territory for support. The Quinte Accommodations and Attractions Association and the Quinte Restaurant Association are also a part of the public/private partnership.
Definitive dates haven’t been set yet but Stevenson said he has had really productive conversations with County mayor Robert Quaiff and board member councillor Dianne O’Brien.
The board is also planning to sit down with North Hastings which is undergoing a strategic review. A report is due back in January 2017 and Stevenson explained the municipality will decide what they would like to do going forward.