Fund­ing an­nounced for man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­gram

Grow­ing jobs and op­por­tu­nity in ru­ral On­tario

Tillsonburg News - - FRONT PAGE -

The agri­cul­ture and agri-food sec­tor, which con­trib­utes to one in eight jobs across the prov­ince, was in the spot­light Tues­day at the J/E Bear­ing Plant in Till­son­burg.

On­tario’s Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs Ernie Harde­man an­nounced the

Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­gram in Till­son­burg is re­ceiv­ing up to $32,500 through the Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment pro­gram. The fund­ing is to help ex­pand the Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ac­cel­er­a­tion Pro­gram pi­lot ini­tia­tive into a man­u­fac­tur­ing clus­ter pro­gram.

The ex­pan­sion is en­hanc­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of lo­cal busi­ness 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.

Harde­man also an­nounced that 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 is also help­ing make Ox­ford County a great place to do busi­ness by help­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to grow and cre­ate jobs in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and by col­lect­ing busi­ness and mar­ket data to sup­port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment plan­ning in the county.

“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 Harde­man in a me­dia 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.”

Over 80 projects in com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince will ben­e­fit from sup­port that will boost and diver­sify the lo­cal econ­omy. El­i­gi­ble projects in­clude ini­tia­tives that di­rectly at­tract busi­ness or in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the com­mu­nity.

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