Tillsonburg receives boost through rural economic program
The Manufacturing Acceleration program in Tillsonburg is receiving up to $32,500 from the Ontario government to help expand the pilot initiative into a manufacturing cluster program. The expansion looks to enhance the competitiveness of local businesses through the adoption of new technology and software programs. It will also encourage a more integrated manufacturing sector in Tillsonburg that will help to create new jobs and contribute to the economic development of the community.
“Rural Ontario has been ignored for too long. A strong and vibrant agriculture and agri-food sector directly contributes to a healthy economy across the province, and we are committed to showing the world that Ontario is open for business,” said Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman in a release. “Our support for rural Ontario will help create a strong future for communities by boosting economic growth, creating jobs and ensuring they are great places to live and do business.”
Hardeman, the minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, also announced the Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation is receiving up to $16,500 to design and create a 2018 business retention and expansion study to identify key issues and strategic priorities for the next three to five years.
The study is designed to identify current issues and barriers that are being faced by the business community as a whole, and can also identify economic strengths, making it easier to attract suitable new businesses to the community. This study should help boost the Oxford County economy by helping local businesses grow and create jobs in the community, and by collecting business and market data to support economic development planning in the county.
More than 80 projects in communities across the province will benefit from support that look to boost and diversify the local economy. Eligible projects include initiatives that directly attract business or investment opportunities to the community.
Rural Ontario has been ignored for too long.”
Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman