The Town Dock is Penetanguishene’s crown jewel, and its future lies in the hands of the community. That was the key take away from a workshop of local government, community and regional leaders to kick off an economic development strategy process. The economic development strategy and capital budget strategy represents phase 2 of the Town Dock Secondary Plan and Master Plan project and will conceptualize the Town Dock as a catalyst for economic development in Penetanguishene.
The leadership workshop was facilitated by Factor 5, an award-winning social enterprise co-creating strong communities through excellence in economic development. The group consisted of the members of the Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of staff, residents and members of Council, along with staff from partners at the Economic Development Corporation North Simcoe and the County of Simcoe.
The session covered a wide range of approaches to economic development, drawing on teachings from Universities of Waterloo, Calgary, Simon Fraser and Cape Breton.
“There are many schools of thought when it comes to economic development. What we are looking to develop is a truly unique approach for Penetanguishene that is clear, well informed, and effective at fostering collaboration in the community” said Factor 5 CEO Eric Burton.
The session followed a tour of the town dock lands and preliminary discussion with the owners of the Dock Lunch about the past, present, and opportunities for the future.
“The Town has been engaged in a revitalization project for the Town Dock through a Secondary Plan and Master Plan. A recommendation stemming from this work is to consider how best to animate and activate the space in all seasons and for all ages. Staff are excited to hear from residents on how this space can support a successful community for visitors, downtown businesses, and users of the Town Dock” said Andrea Betty, Director of Planning and Community Development.
The next step is to gather input from the public to determine how redevelopment of the Town Dock lands can catalyze economic prosperity in the community. To do so, the Town is launching a short public survey that will be available online and at the Town office from August 26 until September 30. The results of the survey will shape the next strategic planning workshop in the fall.
How quickly will the town dock be redeveloped and who will lead the future of the harbourfront economy? Have your say by completing the survey.
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