Minister talks local economy with Simcoe County leaders

seven people sit around a meeting table, while two people are engaged in discussion

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev), visited Georgian College on Sept. 8. First, she announced that Chad Soloman, a client of Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, has received a $500,000 grant to expand his business, a virtual marketplace that connects Indigenous artists with merchants and customers.

Following the announcement, Minister Tassi hosted a roundtable discussion with economic development leaders from Barrie and Simcoe County. Discussion was moderated by Dr. Mira Ray, Georgian’s Executive Director, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and attended by Kevin Weaver, Georgian President and CEO, and more than a dozen local political and industry leaders. The group discussed how best to address the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses, industry and communities in Barrie and across Simcoe County, in collaboration with our partners at FedDev Ontario.

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