WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the WE Prosper Youth Attraction and Retention Task Force Receives an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant
WEEDC Media Release
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Windsor-Essex County, Ontario, Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Premier, Kathleen Wynne joined Teresa Piruzza, MPP Windsor West and Minister of Children and Youth Services along with representatives from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and partners WE Prosper Youth Attraction & Retention Task Force at the Windsor Accelerator today.
Premier Wynne announced an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in support of the WE Explore Project in the Windsor-Essex region. The purpose of the WE Explore Project is to promote and support existing organizations serving young people and improve communication mechanisms for them to effectively engage within their communities in collaboration with policy makers, academia and local industry.
The Ontario Trillium grant will provide funding for up to 18 months to employ a full-time WE Explore Project Coordinator who will be aligned with the mandates of the lead organization the Economic Development Corp., and the WE Prosper Youth Attraction & Retention Task Force. There are numerous other organizations that will contribute to the WE Explore Project as members of the Youth Attraction Retention Task Force. (These are listed on the below backgrounder)
"The lifestyle our region offers needs to be better shared with our youth and young professionals," suggested MPP Teresa Piruzza. "Retaining our youth is important to our Region’s success."
Rakesh Naidu, Chief Operating Officer for the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation remarked, “We are so excited to have the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this initiative that will allow us to reach out to our next generation of leaders and young professionals. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is positioning the region as a knowledge based economy and we need bright and young minds to meet the needs of the region. As the lead agency we look forward to working with our partners, the Youth Attraction and Retention Task Force, for the success of the WE Explore Pilot Project.”
“This grant for the WE Explore Project is a great fit! By collaborating and communicating between existing organizations servicing our ‘millennials’ and community stakeholders is how we can increase awareness of opportunities and ultimately increase their engagement. We want our bright and creative minds to know, that we know who they are, what they need, and how much we need them to be a part of the assets of the region. On behalf of the WE Prosper Youth Attraction & Retention Task Force thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for your support of this project.” explained Yvonne Pilon, Co-Chair of the Youth Attraction and Retention Task Force.
Rakesh Naidu, COO WindsorEssex Economic Development - 519 890-8922
Yvonne Pilon, Co-Chair Youth Attraction and Retention Task Force - 519 819-8251
Lana Drouillard, Dir., Marketing & Communications WindsorEssex Economic Development - 519 259-9600
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
About the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) - The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp. is the lead economic development agency proudly representing Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada's fastest growing economy (Conference Board of Canada), one of the world's Top 7 most intelligent communities (Intelligent Community Forum) and FDi's 2013/14 Best FDI Strategy, Small City, Runner Up. Acting as a catalyst and network developer the Economic Development Corp. works to positively impact the region by providing services including business attraction, retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial development, and community development activities. For more information on previous awards please visit www.choosewindsoressex.com/awards.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant
WE Explore Pilot Project
What is WE PROSPER Windsor-Essex Regional Prosperity Council?
It is a volunteer federation of local organizations that are actively collaborating with one another on a daily basis to promote regional prosperity. They do so by identifying the regional initiatives shared by other WE Prosper members and by strategically aligning resources to help them achieve their goals more efficiently and strategically. In addition to the Youth Attraction & Retention Task Force there are Task Forces for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Available Skilled Trades, Cross-Border & Logistics and Arts & Culture
Project Name- The WE Explore Pilot Project
A collaborative Agreement between the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (Lead organization) and the WE Prosper Youth Attraction and retention Task Force (YARTF);
Goal of the Project
To promote and support existing organizations serving young people and improve communication mechanism for them to effectively engage within their communities in collaboration with policy makers, academia and local industry;
Timing of Project
The project is for 18 months will house a full-time WE Explore Project Coordinator- the Project and Coordinator position are in alignment with the mandates of both WEEDC and the WE Prosper Youth Attraction & Retention Task Force; The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation will host the Project Coordinator at its offices over the next 18 months.
Two Collaborative Organizations -WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is the lead agency with many organizations contributing to the WE Explore Project as members of YARTF:
- Workforce WindsorEssex
- WEtech Alliance
- United Way - GenNext
- Leadership WindsorEssex
- RDÉE Ontario
- University of Windsor
- St. Clair College
- Mayor's Youth Advisory Council
- Windsor Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Young Professionals Wndsor
- Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Windsor Essex Small Business Centre
- Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee
- Blab Media
- The Lance
- Women's Enterprise Skills Training
- Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal
- JEV Marketing
Why is WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) the lead organization?
WEDC is the Region’s lead economic development agency. WEDC recognized the importance of talent attraction and retention in their 2011 Strategic Roadmap and has heard from various stakeholders over some time about the importance of retaining our creative talent in Windsor-Essex. Hence the WE Prosper program was created.
The Organizational Context:
WEDC promotes the region as a desirable location for business and industry, attracts new business, capital investment and other assessment and employment- creating enterprises into Windsor and Essex County. WindsorEssex Economic Development works across all sectors to help identify those products, services, and experiences that will transform the region-The WE Explore Project is a perfect fit for our mandate;
The WE Prosper youth Attraction & Retention Task Force is a regional initiative that is supported by the WEDC; the Task Force works to increase prosperity by ensuring the next generation of leaders and young professionals will be attracted to and retained in Windsor-Essex.