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New Economic Development Committee Moving Ahead

Monday March 5th, 2012

For Immediate Release
Monday, March 5, 2012

New Economic Development Committee Moving Ahead

North Huron  -- The Township of North Huron is moving ahead with a new Economic Development Advisory Committee.   This Committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Exploring various possibilities for development in Hutton Heights, including servicing options;
  • Working with the County of Huron on a Comprehensive Review to develop an inventory of land available for commercial and industrial development, and potential rezoning and Official Plan amendments;
  • Building and fostering relationships with key business groups including the Blyth Business Improvement Association, Blyth Idea Group, and the Wingham Business Alliance;
  • Developing an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, together with community stakeholders, to attract industrial, commercial, retail, and residential development;
  • Supporting ongoing initiatives and proposing new ideas to retain and expand existing North Huron businesses, and supporting downtown revitalization initiatives currently underway in Blyth and Wingham;
  • Working collaboratively with Planning and Economic Development staff at the County, 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, involving the North Huron’s CAO, Community Development Coordinator, Planner, Chief Building Official, and Public Works and Utilities staff;

“Council and staff have listened and we’re responding to our residents and businesses who want a new attitude and approach to economic development in North Huron,” said Reeve Neil Vincent.   “This new Committee will help us tell our story, implement an action plan, and create an environment that supports growth of our local economy and ensures we’re competitive and attractive for development and investment.”

“Small urban and rural communities are undergoing significant transformations and we need to look beyond traditional approaches to attracting and retaining investment,” said Gary Long, CAO/Clerk.  “We need to develop a community-based approach to economic development where the municipality and local stakeholders work collaboratively to identify solutions.”

The Economic Development Advisory Committee will be comprised of Councillors and residents from the Blyth, East Wawanosh, and Wingham wards.   The first meeting will be held the last week of March.

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For more information, contact:
Neil Vincent, Reeve
519-357-2336

Gary Long, CAO/Clerk
519-357-3550 x.24
glong@northhuron.ca