Thanks to research by two students working with us this summer, one from the University of Guelph, and one from Centennial High School, we are "looking under the hood", to put together information in key areas identified in Guelph's 10 year economic development plan: Prosperity 2020.
1) Invest in Infrastructure (housing, buildings, roads, waste management, water, community energy, employment lands)
2) Reposition Guelph as a Premier Business Investment Location (financial performance, improve approval process, focus on common good, become known as "business friendly)
3) Focus Investment and Growth in Key Sectors (advanced manufacturing, agri-innovation, information and communications technology, Professional/Scientific/Technical Services, Arts and Culture)
4) Governance, Profile, and Reach (new partnerships, expand City brand, re-establish protocols)
5) Invest in Downtown (continue to build capacity, promote residential, eduction, ICT)
6) Invest in Tourism (new management, develop branding and marketing)
7) Invest in People and Ideas (workforce, Conestoga College presence, support creativity and innovation)
The Guelph Chamber will be working with the City of Guelph, University of Guelph, and other partners in Connect Guelph Wellington to present an Economic Summit on January 30, 2015. This will be Guelph's fifth Economic Summit since the launch of Prosperity 2020, at the half way mark of our community's 10 year economic development plan. Each year we look at progress achieved and plans for the year ahead. Thanks to our students, we are getting some great details to inform this year's discussions.
Updates will be posted in this blog in a series of 7 instalments, and will be included in this year's Connect Guelph Business Directory to be published in December.
As always, we invite your comments.