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Media Release


October 1, 2002 – Economic Development and Tourism Services Chairperson, Herb McGirr, today announced the hiring of Jennifer M. Patrick, as the EDTS’ new Economic Development Officer for the Corporation. “We are extremely pleased to have Jennifer with us. She has worked closely with the EDTS in the last six months in her role as Communications and Community Relations Co-ordinator for the Town and contributed to successful projects like the Rich’s expansion. The Board’s confident that her skills will help “round out” the terrific development team we have here at the EDTS.”

“The EDTS’ proactive, results-oriented approach to development is very appealing to me,” stated Ms. Patrick. “I’m thrilled that I had the last six months to learn more about the Town, so that now I can apply this knowledge and my experience to the business side of development initiatives. I feel very fortunate to be part of the EDTS organization.”

Ms. Patrick will be responsible for supporting the EDTS’ efforts in business recruitment and retention. Her hiring is part of the organization’s restructuring which the Board has directed since November 2001 when it hired Mr. Jim Thibert as General Manager. Both Mr. Thibert and Ms. Patrick have senior public and private sector management experience and are joined also by Robin Parisi, Executive Assistant, a Fort Erie resident and eight year employee of the EDTS.

Mayor Wayne Redekop who sits on the Board and is one of its founding directors reinforced the EDTS’ positive momentum. “By streamlining some of our operations, we have been able to increase our flexibility and respond more quickly to development requests. We have an experienced development team in place that has already had significant success and will continue to move us in the right direction."

“Our job,” explained Mr. Chuck Loewen, EDTS Director and General Manager of the Peace Bridge Duty Free, “is to create an environment for new investment to come into Fort Erie. That can range from new companies establishing in the Town or existing businesses expanding.” Further to this, Councillor Ric Gorham, also a Director, added “The increased development activity that the Town is enjoying is, in part, the result of this restructuring and the significant business relationships that Jim is cultivating regionally, provincially and nationally.”

“We are very excited about the new approach we have developed at the EDTS,” stated Claude Pilato, Board Director, and owner, C. Pilato Consulting. “You can expect additional new business announcements this fall.”

Jim Thibert
General Manager
Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Services