Making Economic Development Happen in Teeny Tiny Places – Teeny Tiny Summit Series Kick off on October 5, 2022

The popular Teeny Tiny Summit series is returning on October 5, 2022, presented in partnership between the Rural Ontario Municipal Association and The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  The upcoming Teeny Tiny Summit series will have an overall theme of “Making Economic Development Happen in Teeny Tiny Placesand will share practical examples, lessons learned and community economic development tactics. 

To register for the Teeny Tiny Summits, please visit this link.

Inspiration Loves Company…how do we Attract, Inspire and Retain volunteers? (Oct 5, 2022 – webinar)

In Teeny Tiny places, community economic development is largely dependent on the work of volunteers.  This session will look at unique challenges and solutions to recruiting and supporting rural volunteers and share some amazing success stories brought about by mighty volunteers.  We will hear from Heather Keam of the Tamarack Institute, Volunteer Ontario will share resources on how to support community volunteers and our keynote panel will be a group of dedicated, committed, and inspired volunteers who put their minds and efforts together to achieve amazing things and further economic development in their Teeny Tiny communities in Eastern Ontario. 

How does Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) support community economic development? (Nov 30, 2022 – webinar) 

As communities, economic developers, organizations, and others focus on economic recovery, applying diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks will be important to growth and building long-term resilience. By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into economic development programs, we can help create stronger, more resilient local economies. This session will explore ways in which communities are investing in diversity, creating a culture of equity, and removing barriers to ensure inclusion.

The Importance of a Plan for Community Vitality (March 1, 2023) (In-person or virtual option)

Planning for community economic development activities can help you realize your community’s vision. It allows for strategic use of the resources you have available and provides you with a clear path on how to accomplish your identified goals. A community-driven strategic planning process relies on partnerships, commitment, and community assets all coming together to provide a clear and achievable path to SUCCESS! This session will explore where to begin, critical elements to consider, lessons learned and positive outcomes in the community that resulted.

To register for the Teeny Tiny Summits, please visit this link. You will need to sign into the website or if you are new to the Teeny Tiny Summit, you will need to register and then select the Teeny Tiny Summit events you would like to attend. 

Teeny Tiny Workshop at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference

The Community Economic Development Buffet – What makes sense for your community? This Teeny Tiny workshop will take place as part of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference in January 2023 and registration will be directly through that conference. Learn the basics of community economic development (CED) and take away practical tools to help your municipality develop & implement a CED strategy. During this session, we will provide you with a model of how to understand basic economic activity in your community, increase your understanding of the potential scope of economic development activity, and provide you with some practical tools to assist in your CED efforts.

Teeny Tiny Summits were initiated by OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) in 2016 as a forum to discuss scale-appropriate economic development strategies for Ontario’s smallest communities. Since inception, the summits have been hosted in every region of the province and attracted over 1,950 attendees both in person and virtually and have been attended in the past by municipal officials and staff, business organizations like Chambers, BIA’s and Village Associations, community organizations like Federations of Agriculture, Agricultural Societies or Rural Organizations and community volunteers with an interest in economic development. 


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