Target Sectors

The United Counties of Leeds Grenville Economic Development Department held a series of public panel discussions over the course of two years. This collaborative public consultation approach across the region had lead to recommendations on key short-term priorities for the delivery of improved economic development services and a unified approach at the counties level.

Photo of worker packaging eggs at Burnbrae FarmsThe following priorities have been identified:

Agriculture: Agri-tourism, new purpose grown crops, Local Flavours (enhanced farm gate development), food processing, industry support, liaison and collaboration. 

Manufacturing: Liaison with industry/light manufacturing, logistics and network development, Clean-Tech industries and business retention.

Tourism: Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), Destination Marketing Funds (DMFs), liaison with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and other government agencies, Limerick Forest, industry associations. Focus on tourism operators, campgrounds, trail networks and transportation links. Eco-tourism.

Bio-products and green technology: Wind energy, solar energy, co-generation, wood bi-products, along with densification, research and development, transportation, logistics and storage.

Education and training: This includes quarterly newsletters to councils and economic development committees; a United Counties of Leeds and Grenville economic development conference to include councils, economic development committees, chief administrative officers and clerks, planning and GIS staff. Small- and medium-sized business workshops are recommended as well as Entrepreneurship Centre support. The economic development department will liaison with area chamber of commerce and Business Improvement Area (BIA) offices.

Photo of Canarm PlantResponding to the needs of youth: There is a renewed focus on what is available for youth in the area. How to assist young people with their training and employment goals is also being explored.

Leeds Grenville benefits from the presence of three experienced Community Futures Development Corporations and the assistance they provide to area-wide businesses and to the economic development process, to fund strategic development studies and initiatives.

1000 Islands Community Development Corporation

Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (Prescott)

Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation (Smiths Falls)