Page 5

To build on the interest and support for proactive economic planning; establish an economic development strategy.

To create more job opportunities so people can live and work here.

To assist businesses to continually improve.

To resolve human resource challenges.

To help businesses gain greater efficiencies through technological advances in energy management and telecommunications.

To actively participate in regional, sustainable, economic and environmental planning.

Action Items:
Expand and build new markets; increase awareness of association or government resources to promote business; work in unison with adjoining municipalities to selectively market both domestically and internationally.

Encourage local support for local businesses.

Identify gaps in the skilled workforce; communicate needs/opportunities to employers.

Establish a recruitment strategy to address gaps identified by local business; create a job bank and post it on the Town's website and at libraries; organize job fairs at trade schools; work with boards of education and the  
        Simcoe County Training Board to enhance cooperative learning and apprenticeship programs. 

Retain employees after initial recruitment and training, through superior employee benefit options; investigate employer organized transportation options; investigate with the Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce (2001),
        group insurance opportunities for smaller employers. 
Access financial support for training and youth employment; lobby HRDC for equitable allocation of funds to smaller communities.

        Attract appropriate businesses; promote light industry.

Create a positive business environment by promoting and sharing survey results; seek the participation of the business community to prioritize actions.

Promote the Town's business park.

Develop a focus on food production and technology programs.

Identify customer needs and satisfaction.

         Organize a Networking After Five series of events to build alliances across the business community.

Establish a mentoring program in business services to improve management skills (marketing, customer service feedback, business planning and human resources, including occupational health and safety).

Host a series of meetings or seminars with specific sectors, to identify synergies, clarify needs and highlight available resources.

Encourage expanded use of Nottawasaga Futures business consultants and the incubator program; provide technical advice on telecommunications.

Create an energy consortium among local businesses; notify utility providers of the BR&E survey results; share information through press releases and seminars; investigate alternative energy sources; encourage local 
       businesses to investigate the feasibility of energy audits as one means of reducing costs. 

Continue to support the Simcoe County Access Network.

Potential Partners:
Agriculture Canada
Boards of Education
Business Associations
Business Enterprise Resource Network of Barrie-South Simcoe
Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce (2001)
Georgian College
Human Resource Development Canada
Industry Canada
Innisfil Economic Development Committee
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ministry of Consumer and Business Relations
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Nottawasaga Futures
Ontario Export Inc.
Simcoe County Access Network
Simcoe County Training Board
South Simcoe Business Links
Town of Innisfil