On November 1, 2017, representatives from Town of Minto, Township of Mapleton, Township of Wellington North, the County of Wellington gathered in Drayton to discuss opportunities for joint economic development initiatives. Building on previous meetings, workshop participants identified recent positive changes that have been noticed in the region.
Dr. Gibson shared perspectives on the future of regional economic development from across Canada and internationally. The presentation focused on new realities for regional economic development, globalization, creative destruction, and the role of place-based strategies. Dr. Gibson also facilitated focus group discussions whereby participants identified future actions that could be taken to enhance their region. Workshop participants identified potential activities focused on youth attraction and business development.