Category: Downtown Revitalization
BR+E Training Sessions – Starting June 14th!
Communities that are planning to further engage with businesses or start a Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project this year should plan to attend the upcoming BR+E training sessions. Through a structured BR+E program, communities can learn how to make their community a great place to do business. This 3-part interactive virtual training series will…
Teeny Tiny Summit – Rural Resurgence Webinar Recap – From December 1, 2021
The second Teeny Tiny Summit webinar series centered around the question that has arisen during COVID-19 – will rural communities take shelter from the pandemic storm or dance in the economic rain? To view the slide presentations & recording, visit the Teeny Tiny Summit website.
Award-winning EDAC & EDCO Economic Recovery Projects
When COVID-19 cases began to spike in 2020, municipalities started exploring a variety of ways to support businesses. Across Canada, economic development organizations examined the unique challenges facing their communities and created action plans to help businesses survive and recover from disruption caused by the pandemic. This post showcases organizations and related activities that were…
2020 Ontario Regional Economic Development: A Year In Review
2020 has been an incredibly unique and unforgettable year, it’s also been a great year for the ON Regional Economic Development blog website. We’ve expanded our range of topics and have enjoyed watching our follow numbers grow. Below is a recap of our most popular blogs for 2020. 1. Top Ten Impacts COVID-19 Is Having…
Reopening Physically-Distanced Downtowns
As Ontario transitions through the Framework for Reopening Our Province, downtowns and main street areas are required to operate in different ways than they have in the past. On June 1, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs facilitated an online Community of Practice event to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with…
Supporting the Re-Opening of Our Downtowns: June Online Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice
Through our series of Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice events, we are continuing to build a network of practitioners with an interest in economic development and downtown revitalization across the province. Given the challenges that have emerged over the last several months across the globe related to COVID-19, particularly for small businesses in downtowns and…
Snapshot of 2018 Downtown Revitalization Community Report Card
Downtown Revitalization is a four-stage initiative focused on providing communities with the resources and knowledge needed to stimulate investment and reinvestment in traditional downtown districts. Since 2005, over 70 communities across rural Ontario have used and been supported by OMAFRA’s Downtown Revitalization program and resources.
Location, Location, Location!
Choosing a location is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs make when planning or relocating their business venture. Here’s a request we received from a retail client: “I might have an opportunity to move on to the main street, but I need more information for my business partner. He doesn’t seem to think it…
Recap: June Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice on Addressing Seasonality
We recently held our fourth online community of practice for Ontario’s downtown revitalization community. The session focused on events, promotions, and other activities communities are using to address seasonality, and to keep their downtowns a destination beyond traditional summer and winter peak seasons. Here’s a quick summary of the session: Sue Nicholson, General Manager of…
June 5th Downtown Revitalization Online Community of Practice
Surviving and Thriving with Seasonality Join the growing network of practitioners interested in economic development and downtown revitalization when the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) hosts the next session in the series, on June 5, 2019, from 10:30-12:00. Previous sessions have focused on measuring progress on downtown revitalization, undertaking physical improvements…