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Creativity, tourism and economic development in a rural context : the case of Prince Edward County

Author: Kevin Stolarick; Martin Prosperity Institute.; Gibson Library Connections, Inc.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Martin Prosperity Institute, 2010
Series: Working paper series (Martin Prosperity Institute)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Located on Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada is equidistant (about 200km) from both Ottawa and Toronto. Described by its own web site as "A beautiful island adventure, the County is a mecca for artists, nature lovers and anyone looking for a beautiful island adventure ... for a weekend break or for life. Renowned for its sailing, fishing and giant sand dunes, The County also offers live theatre,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Stolarick; Martin Prosperity Institute.; Gibson Library Connections, Inc.
OCLC Number: 666237561
Notes: "May 2010."
Description: 1 online resource (18 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
Economic development in rural communities: contemporary strategies --
Tourism in the country-side, a road to recovery or dead-end? --
The creative class and the country-side --
Cultivating the creative class in rural communities --
The case of Prince Edward County --
Conclusion --
References.
Series Title: Working paper series (Martin Prosperity Institute)
Responsibility: prepared by Kevin Stolarick [and others].
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Located on Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada is equidistant (about 200km) from both Ottawa and Toronto. Described by its own web site as "A beautiful island adventure, the County is a mecca for artists, nature lovers and anyone looking for a beautiful island adventure ... for a weekend break or for life. Renowned for its sailing, fishing and giant sand dunes, The County also offers live theatre, artists' studios and galleries, unique regional cuisine and a flourishing wine region." Prince Edward County is an outstanding example of a rural community that has leveraged its natural resources with a focus on the creative economy including gastronomy, enology, culture and heritage, and the visual arts to create not only a desirable tourist destination but also vibrant regional economic development. In this paper, we use a combination of quantitative and qualitative data to examine the underlying intentions and strategy of this development focus along with the actual performance, growth, and underlying economic and demographic changes in the region. We demonstrate the impact of both planned, intended changes and serendipitous events, conditioned on a willingness to adapt, in creating lasting advantage for the region. We conclude by offering insights on what other rural communities can learn from the Prince Edward County case in terms of revitalizing their tourist economies and enhancing overall regional economic development.

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