South Glengarry council has approved an initiative to help spur economic growth in the municipality, retaining MDB Insight Inc. to complete a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) triage program/survey.
Economic development and tourism coordinator Shauna Baggs explains MDB will be conducting random interviews with between 60 and 100 South Glengarry businesses “across all business sectors, including commercial, industrial and agricultural” to obtain results that “reflect the most accurate outcome.”
Those brief, ten-minute interviews will include questions regarding local entrepreneurs’ concerns and input about natural gas and Internet connectivity issues, municipal services, and “overall business operations.”
The triage program, which will “identify the township’s business needs, prioritize immediate actions and identify trends and opportunities for development,” is expected to get underway shortly and be completed by the end of July.
Following its completion, a presentation of the results will be made to council.
The project’s cost ($15,000) was included in the economic development allotment of the 2019 budget, and includes consultants’ fees and advertising.
MDB Insight – a consulting firm specializing in cultural, economic and workforce development with an office in Kingston – has previously done similar work for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and municipalities including North Glengarry.