Wednesday June 8, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM NDT
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Fishers Loft Inn 
Mill Road
Port Rexton, NL A0C 2H0

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Colin Heffernan 
The Harris Centre 

Harris Centre Bonavista Peninsula Regional Workshop 

Are you living on the Bonavista Peninsula and interested in your region's development?

Or, are you faculty, staff or a student at Memorial University who would like to strengthen Memorial's presence and make a difference in the lives of people on the Bonavista Peninsula?

If so, consider attending the Harris Centre's Bonavista Peninsula Regional Workshop on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016.

The following outlines the workshop themes. While we may not be able to address all of the issues listed or answer all of the questions, the workshop will provide a forum for community members and Memorial University faculty, staff and students to discuss these issues and generate ideas on how they might be explored.

1. Entrepreneur, Cultural Entrepreneur and New Enterprise Supports
  • What are the ideal conditions for the development of entrepreneurs, cultural entrepreneurs, and new enterprises in rural areas?
  • How can development groups (chambers of commerce, government agencies, community lenders) and municipalities provide effective aftercare services following enterprise start-up?
  • What is the relationship between a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and the economic development goals of a region?

2. Food Security

  • What are the priorities for food security in Newfoundland and Labrador?
  • What are the community health impacts of a secure food system in Newfoundland and Labrador?
  • What business opportunities arise from a sustainable food system?

3. Investing in Rural Development

  • What makes a rural area attractive to prospective industries, sectors, and businesses?
  • Are there particular types of enterprises upon which rural communities can focus their attraction efforts?
  • How big of a role do education, healthcare, and other quality of life assets play in the attraction of investment to rural regions?
  • What is the role of cultural and heritage enterprises in creating economic development opportunities in rural areas? 

 Please pass this on to anyone else who may be interested!

The registration deadline is Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Please contact Colin Heffernan at colin.heffernan@mun.ca or 864-6115 if you have any questions.

Memorial Presents Public Policy Forum
When: Tuesday June 7, 2016 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: College of the North Atlantic -  Bonavista Campus;
Event will be simulcast at www.mun.ca/harriscentre
Admission: free!

Creating Cultural Destinations: Art, Heritage and Place

The Bonavista Peninsula is becoming a well-known cultural destination with picturesque outports, dramatic scenery, a rich cultural heritage, and a vibrant arts scene. Visitors from all over the world marvel at what the place has to offer. Relationships between business, non-profit organizations, and communities have allowed for collaborative development around cultural heritage.

What else needs to be done to make the region an even more attractive place for visitors and residents alike? How can we better profile our artists and tradition bearers so that visitors can get an enhanced appreciation of our way of life? How can we preserve our built and natural landscapes so that they contribute to the sense of place? How can the arts community leverage resources to attract investment in the region? What is the role of governments, businesses, artists, and citizens in making the Bonavista Peninsula a showcase for Newfoundland culture? Join panelists Jennifer Dyer, Marilyn Coles-Hayley, John Norman, and Marieke Gow to discuss these questions and more.