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Partners 

We get things done when we work together.   To that end, North Huron Council and staff are committed to working closely with our local business associations and community groups to create the conditions for our existing businesses to thrive and to position our communities for new investment, new businesses, and business expansion.  

We are proud to partner with the following organizations: 

Blyth Business Improvement Association (Blyth BIA)

The Blyth BIA was formed in 2011 and replaced the former Blyth Business Association.   With 49 members, the Blyth BIA meets monthly to organize, finance and carry out joint advertising and marketing campaigns, special events, physical improvements to the downtown core and promote economic development in Blyth.  The current focus of the Blyth BIA is beautification, further development of the historic village brand, and a coordinated approach to hosting visitors.  For more information, contact Blyth BIA President Peter Gusso.

Blyth Idea Group (BiG)

The Blyth Idea Group (BiG) was established in 1995 by local residents, community activists and business people.  They have maintained a consistently clear mandate: to advocate for the economic and cultural sustainability of Blyth.   BiG has been actively rebranding the ward of Blyth as the “Historic Village.”  New street and shop signage, as well as a village logo have all contributed towards the rebranding of Blyth.   BiG, the BBIA, and North Huron are working together on initiatives to build on the Village’s historic main street and entice the over 100,000 visitors attending the Blyth Festival and events at the Blyth Campground each year to stay awhile and spend time in the quaint shops and restaurants.    For more information about BiG, contact Steven Sparling at grss@sparlings.com.  

Wingham Business Alliance (WBA)

The Wingham Business Alliance (WBA) was formed in 2011 by local business owners who wanted an organized and united business group to work together on issues and initiatives to enhance and promote downtown Wingham.  The WBA meet monthly and sometimes weekly, to discuss issues and opportunities, organize events and promotional activities in the downtown core, organize networking opportunities, and create joint marketing and advertising campaigns.   There is an executive committee comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and membership of 150.   For more information, contact WBA President Bruce Stainton, Stainton’s Home Hardware, at 519-357-2910, email staintonhardware@bellnet.ca 

Other Groups

OMAFRA, County of Huron Planning and Development staff, Maitland Economic Development Commission, South West Economic Alliance (SWEA), Blyth Festival, Huron Business Development Corporation, Huron Manufacturing Association, Huron Tourism Alliance, Huron Arts and Heritage Network

North Huron Economic Development Advisory Committee

This committee, comprise of Council and community representatives, was formed in March 2012.  The committee, which meets bi-monthly, works closely with the CAO and the Economic Development Officer in exploring various possibilities for development; building and fostering relationships with key business groups; developing an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan; supporting ongoing initiatives and proposing new ideas to retain and expand existing North Huron businesses; supporting downtown revitalization initiatives; working collaboratively with the County of Huron, other municipalities, and regional associations such as the South West Economic Alliance, OMAFRA and Huron Business Development Corporation; establishing a coordinated team approach to economic development issues and inquiries; and discussing challenges, opportunities, issues and making recommendations to North Huron Council.

Resources  

Wingham Business Retention + Expansion Report

A Business Retention and Expansion Report was completed in Wingham in 2011.  To read the full report click here.  For further information regarding this report contact Connie Goodall, Economic Development Officer at cgoodall@northhuron.ca.