Maynard – Augusta Township is embarking upon several community economic development projects, thanks to recent funding from the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC). A total of $14,839 is being provided through GCFDC’s Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP).
The funding will go towards to the costs of delivering several projects, including a community-wide Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project, and the development of a Business Attraction Strategy, and a Business Ambassador Program.
Augusta, calling itself a ‘Community of Opportunity’, is home to several large industries, as well as numerous thriving small businesses and agricultural operations.
“Businesses locate in Augusta because of the location – proximity to the river and transportation options – and the quality of living,” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “We realize that encouraging and supporting our existing businesses and new entrepreneurs is one of the most effective economic development strategies we can implement.”
“Keeping an existing business is often easier and less costly than recruiting a new business,” said Councilor Bill Buckler, Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. “And attracting new businesses is easier if existing ones are happy and successful within the community.”
The projects are expected to roll out this fall. The results of the various initiatives will help Augusta address the needs of existing businesses, while seeking to raise awareness of Augusta is a community with an abundance of opportunities.