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Durham focus on next generation farm businesses

Durham Region recognizes the importance of investing in the next generation of farm businesses, according to Regional Chair and CEO John Henry.

Farm business is the major economic driver in north, he said at the Scugog Chamber of Commerce, Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce, and Brock Board of Trade luncheon.

He said the Township of Scugog will be kicking off a Business Retention and Expansion project later this year. This project will include one-on-one interviews with businesses across the township. It will result in the development of an action plan to support economic development and tourism in Scugog.

Henry said the region is proud to be a partner with the Township of Scugog in delivering this program, and we look forward to connecting with businesses to learn more about what you do, and how we can support to help you succeed.

“Congratulations to the Township of Uxbridge who recently approved its Downtown Revitalization Strategy and Action Plan,” said Henry. This plan was a collaborative effort led by township staff with support from many partners, including the Region of Durham.

It identifies a strong forward-looking vision for downtown Uxbridge and identifies opportunities to enhance the downtown by making it safe and walkable; supporting the revitalization of lower Brock Street; and making Uxbridge a destination for visitors.

Over the last several months, the Township of Brock along with the Brock Board of Trade have undertaken a business survey program to gather feedback from the business community across Brock.

This helped identify a number of opportunities to support businesses in Brock. With almost 50 businesses having completed the survey, this information will be used to help inform future economic development activities in the township, said Henry.

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