Data, training and support to help economic development practitioners use data-driven analysis to support day-to-day activities as well as regional strategic planning efforts.
Economic Development Programs, Tools and Resources
If you are a community leader, an economic development professional or citizen volunteer in rural Ontario then Economic Development Programs, Tools and Resources will help you identify local priorities and carry out strategies that will achieve your community's goals.
By providing the necessary tools and resources to support your economic development activities, our rural staff can help your community build the skills, expertise and teams necessary to create economic growth opportunities.
Guided by our team of experts in the use of our programs, tools and resources, you can have the support to effectively make more informed decisions related to economic development. Below is an overview of the programs and resources that we offer to help your community create efficient strategic plans.
Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E)
Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) is a structured action-oriented, community-based approach to business and economic development. It promotes job growth by helping communities learn about issues as well as opportunities for local businesses and sets priorities for initiatives to address needs.
Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO)
CIRRO is an initiative to help catalyze action and support to rural communities by supplying information on effective approaches to attract educated and talented young people and new immigrants for future economic prosperity.
Downtown Revitalization (DR)
Downtown Revitalization resources provide training and support to implement comprehensive approaches to downtown revitalizations covering economic development, leadership and management, marketing and promotion, and physical improvement.
First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE)
First Impressions Community Exchange is a structured and cost-effective process that reveals the first impression a community conveys to potential visitors, investors and new residents.