Economic Development

Community Economic Development is a process by which members of the community come together out of a common interest, concern for, and desire to develop their community.

This process takes an approach that builds long-term community capacity and spirit.

The Centre For Business works with organizations and municipalities on community economic development initiatives that will benefit our communities.

The nature of our partnership or support can take many forms, such as small business or networking events in a variety of sectors, such as youth initiatives, tourism, housing, education and training, and business.


Travel & Tourism Training Program (T3)

The Travel & Tourism Training (T3) Program is a collaborative project between the Centre for Business and Economic Development (CBED), Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) and supported by the Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) that focuses on developing and delivering a comprehensive professional development program for tourism businesses within Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties. The project will result in the creation of a professional development strategy as well as an engaging and innovative training program for the tourism sector covering a broad range of business development and management topics.

The project will be completed through three key phases:

  • Phase 1 – the development of a professional development strategy
  • Phase 2 – finalizing the training program and curriculum
  • Phase 3 – implementation and rollout

The creation of the professional development strategy is the first phase of the T3 Project and the foundation of the following project phases.

The project will leverage and incorporate the analysis and strategies completed by RTO7 in identifying the needs of tourism businesses in the area, as well as studies, strategies and other initiatives completed at the County, Municipal and Provincial levels.