All posts by Katie Nolan

Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor working in eastern Ontario. Focus on local food, small town community development.

Three reasons to attend the 2017 Teeny Tiny Summit

The 2017 Teeny Tiny Summits focus on economic development in Ontario’s smallest communities. Don’t miss it!

Here’s why:

  1. Peter Kenyon. That’s right, the renowned Australian community development expert is returning to Ontario. Mr. Kenyon has worked with over 2000 communities in 59 countries. He initiated the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies). He is a gripping storyteller with wisdom toKeynote-Speaker-Peter-Kenyon share from all over the world about effective community development initiatives. Mr. Kenyon will provide the keynote address to kick off the summits and spend the rest of the day with us.
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Three Things We Learned From The Teeny Tiny Summit

The first-ever “Teeny Tiny Summit” was held on March 30, 2016 in Seeley’s Bay. The summit was dedicated to community economic development in Ontario’s smallest places and was coordinated by the Township of Leeds and 1000 Islands, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Teeny Tiny Places have the following characteristics:

  • Rural geography
  • Villages or hamlets with populations under 1000
  • No economic development staff
  • No strong drivers of economic growth
  • Stable or declining population

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Too Small for Economic Development? 5 Strategies for Teeny Tiny Places.

Hastings downtown streetYou’re a small community in rural Ontario. You have a stable or declining population, no downtown core, no economic development officer and no strong drivers of economic activity. Give up, right? Not so fast…

Economic development is a means to an end goal, which is community well-being. And Teeny Tiny Places can improve community well-being as much as any other place. They simply work on a different scale and with a different toolkit. Continue reading Too Small for Economic Development? 5 Strategies for Teeny Tiny Places.