The Task Force met on May 28, 2014 and received presentations from the Town of East Gwillimbury, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southwest Ontario, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and PiinPoint.
The Task Force received the following presentations:

A Knowledge Network for a Growing Community
Tara Roy-DiClemente, Councillor, and Carolyn Kellington, General Manager, Development Services, Town of East Gwillimbury

The Town of East Gwillimbury presented an overview of its vision to attract post-secondary institutions to the community. The strategy emphasizes East Gwillimbury’s unique location in the growth corridor of southern Ontario, the development of transportation services and infrastructure to the area, a growing population, an array of institutions and resources in the natural and built environment (essential to the creation of a knowledge network) and the overall benefit of creating learning opportunities for everyone as essential components to attracting a post-secondary institution.  

FedDev Agency for Southern Ontario: Overview of 2014-19 Programming
Sarah Powell-Smith, Director, Canada Business Ontario, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

FedDev presented an overview of its 2014-19 programming. The presentation focused on three key initiatives: the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPI); the Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF); and the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODP). In 2013, the federal Economic Action Plan announced $920 million in funding to renew the Agency. The programs were designed to invest in innovative and globally oriented entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations as well as strong and prosperous partners and communities with the broad reaching goal of creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire
Liam McGuinty, Manager, Policy & Government Relations, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce presented its report on uncovering the economic potential of the Ring of Fire. There has been much discussion amongst political, economic and local leaders on how to unlock the mining opportunities of this region, particularly with the discovery of large deposits of chromite. The OCC report analyzes the economic impact of Ring of Fire development in Ontario over a ten year and thirty two year time period and highlights different scenario outlooks. Projected government revenues in the report could mean significant generation of federal, provincial and municipal tax revenues. Based on the economic analysis, the report provides a Ring of Fire Action Plan that should be considered in the development of this region.

PiinPoint: Location Analytics for Business
Jim Robeson, CEO & Co-Founder, PiinPoint

PiinPoint provides location analytics and open-data for businesses in a simple, user-intuitive way. The program provides access to centralized data such as demographics, real estate, traffic and many other data sets. The program provides users such as economic development officers the ability to assist any business looking to relocate, expand or open with just a few clicks. The program also allows users to analyze locations, identify trends and forecast revenue in one platform.

UPDATE! 2014 AMO Conference in London – at the 4front
Just a reminder, the 2014 annual AMO Conference will be held in the City of London from August 17 to 20 at the London Convention Centre.  For more information on how to register, visit AMO’s website.

The next task force meeting will be held on August 27, 2014.
If you have any ideas or thoughts for a potential conference/workshop session or discussion items for future task force meetings, please contact Nicholas Ruder at AMO.