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.
Impacts of COVID-19 on local communities has left economic developers seeking guidance on how to best respond to the outbreak and offer effective support measures. This blog post discusses a ten-point action plan for how economic developer organizations can work through a three-phase recovery.
The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum took place on November 18-19, 2020. The forum showcased exciting agricultural and rural projects happening in Huron County and throughout Ontario. Ways to engage and grow agriculture along the value chain, and opportunities for planning and economic development were highlighted to the more than 230 people in attendance.
Energetic discussions explored topics such as export as a growth strategy, direct selling in a COVID world, inspiring innovation within a municipality and more!
The forum focused on working together to grow a better future for the Agri-Food sector. Whether you want to:
Promote local food
Brand your region
Support export initiatives
Drive innovation in your region
Listed below are several tools and resources to support your work. Visit these links for more information:
Join OMAFRA economic development staff and subject matter experts on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 (2 pm – 3:15 pm EST) for a free webinar exploring data tools and analysis for economic recovery.
Local economic development initiatives and policies should be driven by evidence-based decision-making. Access to current data is therefore crucial as communities address current challenges while planning for resilience and prosperity in a post-pandemic world. Some examples of suitable data sets and analysis are:
The Choose Ontario pavilion will be at Grocery Innovations Canada in its first-ever virtual format where thousands of grocery retail buyers around the globe will be looking for new business partners like you!
On Tuesday September 29th, OMAFRA hosted the “Retooling for Economic Recovery Webinar”. Topics centred on economic development programs and tools can be used to enhance economic recovery efforts. The webinar covered the following areas:
Leadership & Economic Recovery Teams
Using Data to Guide Recovery
Altering Business Retention & Expansion During a Pandemic
The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half days of sessions will be supplemented with a virtual tour of Huron County and some of its most exciting agricultural and rural projects. Read our last blog post for an overview of the event.
Registration is now open – select the registration link to sign up for the Forum. Day 1 & 2 – $75
The second virtual Teeny Tiny Summit that took place on September 23rd, 2020 discussed how communities have been able to promote engagement and activity in alternative formats throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Speakers shared insight on engagement initiatives that their teams have coordinated to provide support to the community and other organizations.
Below are key items and initiatives from each of the speakers and organizations mentioned:
The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half days of sessions will be supplemented with a virtual tour of Huron County and some of its most exciting agricultural and rural projects.
If your portfolio includes rural planning, economic development or any aspect of the agriculture sector – food, farming, ag value chain businesses, workforce attraction, or agricultural innovation you won’t want to miss the 2020 Forum. The Forum will be of interest to municipal economic developers, planners, council members, CAO’s, and supporters of local economic development initiatives. The Forum looks at leading edge collaborations and innovations to grow the ag sector and your community. Two days of sessions cover a wide range of timely topics including:
Join us for the next Teeny Tiny Summit taking place on Wednesday, September 23rd from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm to hear about creative ways communities have been brought together. For registration and event details, visit the Teeny Tiny Summit page.
Why should I attend Teeny Tiny Summit?
Become inspired – learn of relevant examples from a community like yours
A breath of fresh air –refresh with new perspective and insight from other small communities
Discover – learn about pursuing economic development goals in your community
How can BR+E be adapted to suit pandemic response?
What is the form and function of an economic recovery team?
Join us on September 29, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00am) as we unpack these questions and more during a 60-minute webinar focused on how OMAFRA economic development programs and tools can be used to enhance your economic recovery efforts.
While certain businesses are struggling in the short term, communities need to be prepared to capitalize on the growth opportunities created in certain segments of local economies. During the Retooling for Economic Recovery webinar, we will be covering a multitude of topics intended to inform and guide strategies and approaches to enhance recovery and growth efforts, including:
How to effectively track changes in your downtown
Data sources to monitor your recovery
How communities are tailoring their BR+E surveys and approach