Held on November 15th, 2016, and hosted by the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston, OMAFRA, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, and Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation, this event brought together 126 community volunteers, business champions, municipal staff and elected officials to hear ideas about revitalizing small communities.
The 8th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum was held on November 2 & 3rd in Caledon at both the Millcroft Inn and Spa in Alton and the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in Palgrave respectfully.
Delegates came from across Ontario with disciplines in both municipal planning, tourism and local economic development with agriculture and food (farming, food processing, agri-tourism, equine/agri-business sector, and agri-entrepreneurship) as part of their portfolio.
As the downtown revitalization community of practice sessions have come to an end, we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on the key learnings and benefits that these sessions provide to our clients. Community of Practice sessions are generally held as a knowledge transfer opportunity; these sessions aim to provide feedback, support, and guidance to those who wish to partake in a downtown revitalization initiative.
Big Stories from Small Places! Community development that works in Ontario’s smallest places!
Modeled after very successful events in eastern Ontario, this “Teeny Tiny Summit” will discuss issues and explore inspiring stories that can help make small communities better places to live, work and play.
Keynote speakers Deb Thorn and Yvette Moore from Moose Jaw, will tell their story of how volunteers used creativity, resourcefulness, persistence, and hard-driving passion to turn their dying prairie town into a vibrant tourist destination! There will be lots of local success stories to learn from as well.
“I’m excited about this event because I want small places to realize just what great opportunities could be around the corner for them.” states Helen Lomax, V.P. Enthusiasm, one of the event planning team members. “Small towns and villages have shown over time that they can be resilient, can redefine themselves and really pull together to make exciting things happen.”
Registration is now open for the 8th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum, taking place November 2 – 3, 2016. The forum will be hosted by the Town of Caledon and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Those with municipal and economic development portfolios, with specific focus on farming, food processing, agri-tourism, equine/agri-business sector, and agri-entrepreneurship, will have an opportunity to network, share successes, and experience the “tastes” and sites of Caledon. Register to learn more about programs and opportunities for the agricultural sector. Continue reading Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum – Taking Registrations!→
Regional Economic Development Branch blog focusing on agriculture and rural economic development for Ontario