Hastings County council is beefing up it’s Economic Development department.
At a special Hastings County council meeting earlier this week, council voted to boost spending to promote businesses moving to its 14 member municipalities.
Although Hastings County’s budget is yet to be set, the decision to move two economic development staffers from part-time to full-time and to add a full time marketing coordinator will likely have a negative effect on the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, formerly Bay of Quinte Tourism and Living.
About $36,000 of the cost of boosting Hastings County’s economic development department had been slated to go to the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board.
Tourism Coordinator for Hastings County, Kasey Rogerson, says County council wants all of its economic development money focused on it’s own territory.
Meanwhile, Dug Stephenson of the Regional Marketing Board says the potential budget shortfall will be made up from other funding opportunities.