Huron County Business Retention and Expansion Project wins international award

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HURON COUNTY – The economic development team from the County of Huron won a prestigious international award for their work on the 2021 Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) project.

Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) awarded the Huron County Economic Development team the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Multi-Community BR&E with a population of 50,000 – 100,000 for their successful adaptation of the standard BR&E process in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 30 local volunteers and staff helped to execute the 2022 Huron County BR&E.

“It’s through projects like BR&E’s that we really connect with our local business community to find out what they need and how we can better work together for success,” said Huron County Warden Glen McNeil. “The economic development team executed this project exceptionally well, so I am unsurprised by the recognition they have received for their effort. It was a job very well done.”

The BREI Awards of Excellence are given to economic development organizations, municipalities, states, or provinces who have demonstrated an outstanding usage of business retention and expansion strategies and tactics for growing and sustaining small businesses.

In 2021, Huron County Economic Development completed a six-month BR&E survey process, the county website said. In total, 723 survey results were received, representing 21 per cent of the county’s business community.

BR&E Coordinator Cole Nicholson and Vicki Lass, director of economic development, attended the BREI Annual Conference on June 17, where they accepted the award. In addition, the pair provided a brief presentation on the project and what made it a success. Many attendees and BREI staff noted the impressive response rate, considering the project’s scope.

BREI represents professionals in the economic development field from across the globe to educate, train, and promote best practices for increasing economic activity and growth in urban and rural areas through the process of Business Retention and Expansion planning.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times

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