First Impressions Community Exchange Program Re-launch
OMAFRA’s Regional Economic Development Branch (REDB) re-launched its First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) Program today. There have been over 200 First Impressions Community Exchanges completed since the Program pilot in 2005. The FICE is a highly effective and fun community assessment process that provides an opportunity for communities to gain a fresh perspective of how…
Staff Profile: Robert Humphrey
What is your role in the Regional Economic Development Branch? As an Economic Development Specialist, my role is to promote and lead two of the Ministry’s programs: Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) and First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE). Most importantly, my role is to help municipalities and rural stakeholders access these programs.
First Impressions Community Exchange – Three reasons why this program works!
The First Impressions Community Exchange program (FICE) facilitates an exchange between two communities who are looking for an unbiased “first impression” of a specific area of their community such as a downtown, tourism related infrastructure or an evaluation of their entire community. Three reasons why FICE works:
Overview of the First Impression Community Exchange Program
A First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) is a structured and cost-effective process that reveals the first impression a community conveys to potential visitors, investors and new residents. The results can serve as the basis for action plans to enhance or build on community strengths and address challenges.