The mandate of Economic Development Services is to strengthen, build, support, promote and diversify the Huron County economy in order to retain and attract business investment, employment opportunities and assessment.

Guiding Principles

Collaborative • Professional • Proactive • Responsive

1. Marketing and Communication

A major core service of EDS is the development and implementation of marketing programs designed to support, retain and attract business and investment opportunities within the four economic pillars of Huron County: agriculture; manufacturing; tourism; and creative industries. Communication with our many partners, local municipalities, industry stakeholders and business organizations is also a major area of focus. In addition to local contacts, EDS is in on-going communication with Provincial and Federal Ministries and agencies – as well as many provincial and national industry associations and organizations to ensure that Huron County benefits from various programs and opportunities.

2. Investment Attraction and Economic Diversification

New business investment leads to new employment opportunities and greater prosperity for our area. Through the establishment of new marketing programs and targeted attraction strategies, it is the goal of EDS to establish Huron County as a leading destination for business investment. Significant time and resources are devoted to working with companies seeking to relocate to Huron County, as well as with our existing companies looking to expand their operations. The planning and implementation of economic diversification strategies and projects are also a focus of EDS within the four economic pillars of Huron County.

3. Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E)

Research shows that the majority of an area’s economic growth potential will come from cultivating opportunities with existing businesses. EDS is committed to working with local businesses and their representative organizations to ensure that they have the support they need to sustain and expand operations. This is undertaken through BR+E studies and implementation strategies, corporate call programs and working with our industry associations to better understand needs such as labour force and marketing.

4. Research and Analysis

Whether it be local workforce numbers or servicing information for industrial lands, the research and analysis of statistics and data on a host of areas of the economy define our strengths and competitive advantages. EDS is continually working on the research and consolidation of up-to-date statistics in order to provide the quality and timely information and intelligence required to attract investment. Research for targeted and strategic marketing for tourism is also a major aspect of this core service.

5. Small Business Development

The Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre (HSBEC) provides free business information to those contemplating or already operating a small business. This small business support initiative aims to improve the success rate of new business ventures through support services such as personal consultations, a Better Business Workshop Series and a resource library.