Business Retention and Expansion
In 2016, The County’s Community Development Department conducted an extensive business interview process to better understanding the opportunities and challenges faced by The County’s construction and manufacturing sectors. A BR+E involves conducting confidential interviews with businesses to gather insights into their needs, challenges and opportunities for growth.
The selection of the construction sector for this first round of BR+E – which includes developers, homebuilders and trades – follows the Mayor’s recent Development Forum in late 2015 and creation of a Development Framework Subcommittee in early 2016. The manufacturing sector in The County includes a diverse range of producers including agri-food processors with labelled products, niche-manufacturers and wineries.
BR+E programs are often conducted on a sector by sector basis, with updates to each sector taking place every few years. This round of interviews focuses on connecting with a large portion of the manufacturing and construction sectors, and will provide industry data specific to Prince Edward County.
This process has provided critical feedback for the Development Framework process and also provided an opportunity for the Community Development Department to connect with business owners in person and to help address any urgent matters they might be facing.
A special thank you to the local manufacturing and construction sectors who partook in this vital initiative. Industry feedback is a critical step towards achieving Council’s priority of improving our current development policies and procedures and supporting our growing manufactures.