All signs point to Economic Development Week In Windsor-Essex with this strong group of regional economic development partners ready to promote our region this month
Today, the Windsor Essex region finds itself in a much-improved position from just five years ago, both in population growth and business development and retention.
The 2016 Census shows this region with a three percent growth rate. In 2016 the region saw a significant increase in business start-ups, and business expansions resulting in millions of dollars in new investment. “Tecumseh alone had 17 new business start-ups in 2016 and just recently welcomed CX North America, an international logistics software platform company, to Tecumseh as its North American headquarters,” says Gary McNamara, Mayor of the Town of Tecumseh.
Stephen MacKenzie, CEO, and his staff at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) are buoyed by this progress, but are certainly not resting on their laurels.
Like the Atlanta Falcons experienced in the “2017 Super Bowl,” they know to take nothing for granted. Therefore, a full court press or an all-out blitz (my metaphors) is being employed by WE EDC through Economic Development Week In Windsor Essex.
WE EDC is the umbrella organization for collaboration with the Municipalities of Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh and Windsor. They are assisted by WorkForce WindsorEssex, WEtech Alliance, WindsorEssex Small Business Centre and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.
WE EDC is a not for profit organization supporting the City of Windsor and the municipalities of Essex County. It is responsible for advancing economic development to grow and sustain prosperity in the region.
Most businesses are aware of the local economic development organizations that assist businesses in this region. What some may not realize, however, is that each municipality has their own representative dedicated to economic development for their community. These are not redundant positions, but, rather, positions complementing and working in tandem with the external organizations. It’s all about teamwork and collaboration!
The first component of the Economic Development Week In Windsor Essex project is a “confidential” survey being administered to all regional large and medium size businesses across all sectors, including small business and storefronts.
This survey is being E-blasted to all businesses through multiple social media platforms and advertising, including Biz X magazine, and has a “face to face” component to it. It takes about 20 minutes or less to complete and can be found on the web at: SurveyMonkey.com/r/BRE2017. Deadline for completing the survey is the end of April 2017.