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January to June 2022

PKED Strategic Plan Progress Report (Q1 + Q2)

Outlook on the first half of 2022

The first half of 2022 continues to be a test of adaptability and resilience. Continuing surges of Covid-19 variants, a shocking war in the Ukraine, broken supply chains, rising costs of supplies, upcoming elections, and tragic humanitarian and social crises have started a year like no other. Despite these difficult conditions, local businesses continue to adapt and show their resilience. Businesses are hiring and the sheer number of career fairs in the first two quarters of this year, show that our businesses are gearing up for growth. They are actively looking to employ residents. New funding programs to support workforce development have been launched, in addition to a new program geared towards developing the tourism sector.

Although there are still troubling times ahead, PKED believes that anyone that has operated a private, public, or not-for-profit business during these last few years with success, can handle anything. Local businesses have managed to adapt to unimaginable obstacles time and time again, but they continue to stay open and, in some cases, grow. We are grateful to have this heightened level of resilience in Peterborough & the Kawarthas and we are looking forward to a dynamic second half of 2022.

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Rhonda Keenan,
President & CEO

January to June 2022

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January to June 2022

What has PKED been up to so far this year?

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PKED participated in the OMAFRA Provincial program FICE with Chatham-Kent.  This was the pilot project for virtual community online comparison.

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PKED supported the Peterborough Petes on Peterborough’s first professional women’s hockey event with the PWHPA.

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PKED presented on the ‘State of Tourism’ at the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s final AGM before amalgamating.

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PKED presented to Century 21 Realtors about Investment Attraction and Real Estate in Peterborough & the Kawarthas


PKED’s Board of Directors hosted PKED’s 2021 Annual General Meeting Virtually, where PKED’s Future Ready Report Card was launched.


PKED participated in a “100 Days Out” celebration in May which took place to generate momentum and build excitement for the Peterborough 2022 Ontario 55+ Summer Games which will take place from August 9th to 11th.

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PKED participated in a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) conference in Montreal in partnership with Ontario East (May 2 to the 4), to meet with US site selectors and industry leaders on trends and requests for potential development sites.


PKED is proud to be a sponsor of Showplace Performance Centre’s “The Showplace Project” Act II, and seat K14. PKED’s Director of Tourism and Director of Marketing & Communications attended the reveal event.