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To maintain stable economic growth.

To expand and build new markets.

To enhance employee recruitment and retention.

Action Items:
Conduct market research to identify appropriate business/sectorial development; assess the current plan for the gaps and assets that exist; promote the findings of the market research to diversify the economic base.

Promote the Nottawasaga Futures as a first resource for prospective business development; promote businessconsulting services; utilize export programs to expand markets.

Demonstrate a "pro-business" attitude; make planning more accessible to prospective businesses.

Plan, develop, and promote serviced land to non-automotive sectors to ensure diversification; use Honda to draw other businesses and industries.

Manage energy costs; work with a gas consortium to negotiate competitive energy prices.

Target sectors or types of business for the area (e.g. green business, technology); attract pharmaceuticals, food, and high tech industry.

Attract environmentally friendly businesses; emphasize clean businesses that use minimal resources and create small amount of wastes.

Promote a "cottage industry".

Encourage innovative research and development within companies.

Expand retail markets by complementing downtown with big box stores through cross merchandising.

Identify strategies to recognize customer needs and satisfaction; encourage businesses to build customer profiles and databases; utilize formal customer surveys, where applicable.

Create a directory of craft-related businesses.

Establish a recruitment strategy to attract labour; have a solid, educated workforce to raise the profile for incoming business and residents; promote apprenticeships and trades; consider a "centre for excellence" or satellite education facility; strengthen partnerships with Georgian College.

Communicate competitive wage rates to local employers to assist with employee recruitment and retention.

Seek financial grants to assist employers with training needs; host sector-specific health and safety training sessions.

Determine the feasibility and applicability of telecommunication technology.

Potential Partners:
Alliston Learning Centre
Business and Rural Associations
Business Enterprise Resource Network of Barrie-South Simcoe
Chambers of Commerce
Alliston Downtown Improvement Area
Georgian College
Human Resources Development Canada
Industry Canada
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 Training Board
South Simcoe Business Links
Town of New Tecumseth