The Economic Development Department is responsible for the attraction of new businesses to the Town of Bracebridge as well as encouraging the expansion and retention of existing businesses within the community.
The Town's Director of Economic Development provides supervision, management, and advice to the staff at the Muskoka Small Business Centre that is operated under contract with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. Additionally, the Director provides assistance to the BIA President in administering, supervising and supporting the BIA Coordinator.
Staff in the Department are available to work closely with businesses in order to bring together the right tools necessary that best suit business and community needs before, during, and after establishing an operation in Bracebridge.
Economic Development Advisory Committee and Working Groups
The Economic Development Department provides administrative support and works in cooperation with the Town's Economic Development Advisory Committee and working subcommittees including the Community Promotions Team and others as may be established through CAP implementation.
Business Retention & Expansion
On-going business retention and expansion initiatives of the Economic Development Department are:
On-going business attraction initiatives of the Economic Development Department are to:
Business Investment – Aftercare (i.e. after the investment has been made)
On-going business investment initiatives of the Economic Development Department are to:
On-going community promotion initiatives of the Economic Development Department are to:
Festival & Events/Sports Tourism
The Economic Development Department works with a number of Festival and Event organizers through the Bracebridge Festival Network and through the Event Tourism Grant program. The staff work collaboratively with the Culture and Recreation Department in attracting and hosting sporting events such as the Bracebridge Triathlon.
Arts & Culture Development
The Department administers the Art in the Heart Program that is a partnership with the Town, the Muskoka Small Business Centre and Muskoka Arts and Craft. The program has created a new attraction for visitors to Downtown Bracebridge and is focused on developing the entrepreneurial side of new and emerging artists. The group has worked with over 50 artists in the past three years.Staff participate in local, regional and national events and organizations that foster culture and innovation.
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