From the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Economic development for the Township of Scugog is coordinated through the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and is supported by the Scugog Economic Development Advisory Committee. The Scugog Economic Development Advisory Committee meets quarterly and includes individuals representing all sectors of the local economy. This committee is responsible for identifying and implementing programs and initiatives that help stimulate and grow the local economy.
The Township of Scugog Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) continues to work hard and in 2013 there are several exciting economic development initiatives underway. All of these support the Township in being “Open for Business”.
Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Project
In partnership with the Region of Durham, the Township is conducting a Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) project. This community driven initiative assists with promoting jobs and business growth within the Township of Scugog. The BR&E project will work with local business to understand issues, needs, successes that impact area business and will help the Township with decision-making in relation to programming, policy planning, investment and identify opportunities to support local business.
The project started with an introductory letter to Township businesses advising of the initiative and letting them know they will be contacted to participate with an interview about their business. Volunteers from Council, Township Staff and members of EDAC are visiting businesses to complete surveys and conduct an interview about their business. The interview stage is expected to be completed by October 2013. Following the interview phase will be a detailed analysis of the findings and a final report which will be presented at a breakfast with the Mayor in November. The following link is an excerpt from the EDAC January 18, 2013 minutes and outlines the process for the BR&E Project.
Building Business Forum
Following the success of the inaugural 2012 North Durham Business Building Forum hosted in Sunderland, the second annual forum was hosted May 2013 in Uxbridge. The goal of the Building Business Forum is to broaden the discussion of economic development in North Durham.
The evening promotes and celebrates entrepreneurship by sharing local business success stories, encourages networking, and provides information regarding North Durham business markets and resources. On May 7th over a 100 business leaders, economic development stakeholders, politicians and staff gathered for another successful forum. This annual event will continue in 2014 with the Township of Scugog hosting and will attract an audience that is interested in business and economic development in North Durham. The following report highlights the 2013 North Durham Building Business Forum.
Vibrant North Durham: An Economic Development Plan 2013-2018
In addition, the Economic Development Advisory Committee also provided advice to the Township as it worked with the Townships of Brock and Uxbridge to develop an economic development plan for North Durham. Vibrant North Durham is a five year plan to implement economic development thinking, processes and projects in North Durham. The Plan was adopted by Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock Township Councils in June 2013. The Scugog Action Plan identifies projects to help get Scugog open for business, inspiring and supporting entrepreneurship, creating a vibrant future for young adults and building a stronger rural and small town identity.
Rebecca Mustard Ec.D. Economic Development Coordinator
Economic Development & Tourism
Regional Municipality of Durham
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