In October of 2015 County Council authorized the creation of an Economic Development Steering Committee. Since then the committee has met on several occasions to identify economic development initiatives across the County and to assess the value in working cooperatively to pursue economic development opportunities.
In order to move this initiative to the next level and consolidate a number of parallel initiatives County Council authorized hiring a professional consulting firm to develop a County Economic Development Strategic Plan. The members of the Economic Development Steering Committee continue to play a key role in this project by reviewing documents, providing advice and most importantly serving as Champions for Economic Development.
“TOGETHER WE WIN”
AGENDAS AND MINUTES
The Economic Development Steering Committee membership includes representatives from each municipal economic development committee or the municipality and representatives from the following sectors: agriculture, business community through the Dufferin Board of Trade, tourism, arts and culture, and post-secondary education. Representatives from other sectors may be added if appropriate. Meetings are done on an as needed basis and will have formal agendas and minutes, supported by Dufferin County staff.
Public input from both stakeholders and community members is a vital part of the economic development process. The Economic Development Steering Committee is committed to engaging with the community whenever possible for a comprehensive plan that adheres to the mandate the EDSC abides to.
For a copy of notes from the three stakeholders consultations held in April, click here.
COUNTY OF DUFFERIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN
About the Dufferin County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan
County Council and the County’s Economic Development Steering Committee recognize that a strategic approach to economic development is important to promoting economic growth, prosperity and sustainability across Dufferin County and within the larger economic region of Southern Ontario.
The completion of the Strategy and Action Plan will identify areas of County-wide interest, which sectors represent competitive strengths, what is the competition, what resources are needed, and who are key partners. The strategy will determine the County's best prospects for sustainable growth and return on investment.
Dufferin County has engaged a consultant, the Global Investment Attraction Group (GIAG), to assist in developing, through an inclusive stakeholder engagement process, a focused, contemporary and relevant economic development strategy with a 10-year outlook, and an implementing action plan with a 3-5 year timeframe. The Strategy and Action Plan will be reviewed by municipal Councillors prior to presentation of the final version to County Council, expected this summer.
Strategic Background Report
For the complete Strategic Background Report, please click here.
Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan
For the complete copy of the Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan, please click here.