SD&G taking back economic development

A 12 year relationship between the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation is about to come to an end.

For 12 years, the SD&G CFDC has provided economic development services on behalf of the counties, but at the last meeting of counties council it was decided that the counties will look after its own economic development. The decision was reported to South Dundas council at the Sept. 18 meeting.

“It was felt that there was a disconnect between the CFDC, counties council and counties staff,” explained South Dundas mayor and counties councillor Steven Byvelds. The counties now have a new strategic plan, and with this plan, felt now was the time for them to start looking after economic development themselves. So, they will be doing so in 2013.

According to Byvelds, this should lead to a lot of positive synergies, as he sees the counties economic development work tying in significantly with the economic development work being done through the lower tier municipalities in SD&G.

“This is an opportunity for the Counties and the lower tiers to work together on a central goal of economic development,” said Byvelds.

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