Durham Region is marking Economic Development Week from May 6 to 11 to celebrate the contributions of economic development and explain the role of the profession in our local community.
Whether economic developers are working to support local business, developing strategies to grow industry clusters, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation or attracting investment, they all work towards a common goal — to build strong and thriving communities for both work and play.
“Durham Region is proud to join communities across the country to increase awareness of the work economic developers do to enhance local economic impact,” says Simon Gill, Director of Economic Development and Tourism at the Region of Durham.
In 2018, Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism:
- Attracted four new investments to Durham Region, which created 86 new jobs.
- Hosted 17 incoming delegations from key markets like Germany, China and Brazil.
- Funded partner organizations who provided entrepreneurial and business support to 559 youth.
- Co-hosted and/or supported sporting events which welcomed 23,430 athletes.
- Distributed over 44,500 Durham Tourism publications.
- Partnered on 27 programs to grow the agricultural sector and support rural economic development.
- Supported grant applications for partner organizations to secure $197,100 in funding.
- Created an award-winning Guide to Filming in Durham which features a directory of over 600 businesses.
- Worked with partners to compile a list of 3,200 net hectares of employment lands across Durham Region that can be used to create jobs and attract investment.
Economic developers from across the municipal and regional levels in Durham Region work together as part of the Durham Region Economic Development Partnership to lay the foundation for future growth and prosperity.