Thinking Partnerships, Thinking Regionally, Thinking Long-Term
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing features the Parkland Agricultural Resource Co-op Ltd.’s (PARC) strategic, long-term thinking and partnership-based initiatives, in a publication called “Municipal Planning and Financial Tools for Economic Development Handbook”.
The handbook showcases innovative municipalities across Canada who are also thinking partnerships, thinking regionally and thinking long-term for a sustainable and economically-resilient future. An investment-ready checklist is included for municipalities of all sizes, who are working towards planning and designing their communities in ways that facilitate their community’s goals to attract people and businesses.
The last printing was done 10 years ago and still continues to serve municipalities, decision makers, policy makers, economic developers, communities and others. The handbook outlines connections between the built environment and sustainable economic development with insight into how municipalities are adapting to an internationalize marketplace. After a selection process, PARC was invited to be one of 8 organizations in Canada to be profiled.
Over recent years, PARC developed its approach to being investment ready, supported by marketing materials that promote its industry ready ~ family friendly” region. By engaging different sectors, jurisdictions and government partners, economies of scale are achieved, and larger pools of capital and technical expertise are accessed.
PARC recognizes the importance of accessing technology and has learned much from market information and from talking with industry stakeholders and various multi-level government departments. The member municipalities are moving forward based on a strong knowledge foundation.
“Your contribution to “PARC: An Intra-Regional Co-operative Model” was invaluable in supporting our key theme – connecting the built environment to sustainable economic development and community well-being”, said Thelma Gee, Team Lead with MAH.
PARC shares its regional resources, experience, knowledge and responsibilities with those interested in learning about investing in the region of communities. The PARC communities capitalize by strategically leveraging local and regional assets to their greatest social, cultural, environmental and economic advantage, to meet their long-term economic development goals.
Visit http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9392.aspx to learn more about the publication.