Andrew is the Economic Development Manager for Hastings County. Since being hired in 2007, he has secured more than $1 million in senior government funding to help implement a variety of projects including the Premier-ranked Tourist Destinations Framework, developed and launched an award winning investment marketing strategy, initiated and developed the County's first Arts Route, and in 2010 brought a unique Enterprise Facilitation project to the County which has supported the creation and expansion of more than 100 businesses leading to just as many jobs being created. An impressive result in just 2 years!
Andrew is active in regional partnerships. He Chaired the Ontario East Economic Development Commission's Tourism Investment Committee from 2010 - 2012, he is a founding member of the Harvest Hastings Board and he also initiated, in partnership with neighbouring counties, the award winning Invest in Cheese initiative.
He has won a number of awards with the County including the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Marketing Excellence, a national award for the Invest in Cheese initiative, a national award for ArtsRoute.ca, and awards from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario for the iHastings iPhone app and the County's new economic development website. He also accepted an award from the Community Futures Development Corporations in Ontario for the success of the main street revitalization project that he coordinated (a provincial pilot project) in Madoc, Marmora, Stirling and Tweed.
With articles published in both Municipal World Magazine and the Ontario Professional Planners Journal, he has a Master's degree in Planning from the University of Guelph, he's a Certified Economic Developer Fellow Ec.D.(F) (fewer than 40 people in Canada have their Fellowship designation) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). Andrew has also completed the Municipal Administration Program (MAP), received a Certificate in Downtown Revitalization from Fanshawe College and is a Certified Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator.