-Survey seeks ideas that build an ambitious future-
March 7th, 2023 – Residents and the business community are being asked to share their ideas about how to boost the economy and enhance quality of life via a community and business survey. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership is updating its Economic Development Strategy, focused on job creation, and investment and resident attraction. The surveys are important to understanding what motivates people to move to Sarnia-Lambton, and how to nurture entrepreneurship.
The Strategy will guide efforts to support and grow existing businesses and attract new residents and investment. The Strategy also aims to connect the dots to a broader community development action plan that enables job creation, including: placemaking, advanced broadband, housing choice and affordability, and more flexible commercial form and function for today’s entrepreneurs needing more nimble solutions.
The Strategy is scheduled for completion at the end of June 2023.
The work to date includes interviews with community and business leaders, a community leaders workshop, and data analysis of competitive economic sectors. From this work, some key themes have emerged and the Economic Partnership has launched a survey to gather feedback from residents and businesses. The surveys include visioning for the future, and sharing ideas about opportunities.
A survey link is available on the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership website: www.sarnialambton.on.ca/survey
People are encouraged to apply before the deadline of March 31, 2023.
“We want this Economic Development Strategy to be embrace big ideas that will set our community apart as we look to the future,” says Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership CEO Dan Taylor. “We also need to focus on clear actions that will support our ambitious vision for the future.”
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, who is leading the initiative, has retained consulting firm Rynic to develop the Strategy, which will have a strong focus on investment attraction. Strategy development engagement to date has highlighted: a need for Sarnia-Lambton to tell its compelling economic story of the future – including its significant current and future contribution to Canadian competitiveness and productivity; a need to nurture incremental transition energy solutions for the local energy industry while embracing low carbon future transition economy opportunities; the increasing importance of agriculture in the regional economy; shovel-ready land availability challenges; opportunity to enhance a competitive strength in collaborative culture; and opportunities to help entrepreneurs develop and grow businesses.
For further information, please contact:
Leena Bourne, Communications
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership