Economic Development Focus of Chamber Sponsored Meeting

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Winddsor Star/Julie Kotsis

Amherstburg’s economic development team rolled out plans Monday to retain and attract business, increase employment opportunities and brand the town during a round table discussion co-hosted by the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce.

Tony DeThomasis, manager of strategic assets, told local developers and real estate representatives that the town has identified key initiatives, including the development of a mission statement and vision and the initiation of a communications strategy. The town will revamp its website to provide a “one stop shop” for information and increase its use of social media.

DeThomasis said a registry of town assets has been completed and 114 parcels of property – including 120 acres on Walker Road – have been identified. Council has to decide what to do with them.

The town is also building its relationship with the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation in an effort to develop business retention and expansion and to market available industrial property, DeThomasis said.

Marion Fantetti, WEEDC’s business ombudsman, said it’s important for administration to take a longer look at strategic planning.

“You have to know what you have … and where to put your money,” Fantetti said. “You need to know what your people need.” [Read More]