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County and Warden recognized for economic development effortshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/edco-2017-02-10.aspx2/10/2017 8:03:12 PMCounty and Warden recognized for economic development efforts<p>​<strong>Midhurst/February 10, 2017</strong> – The Economic Developers Council of Ontario recognized the County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office, Warden Gerry Marshall and staff during its annual President's Dinner and Awards of Excellence Ceremony held Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. </p><p>The County and area partners received a Collaboration and Partnership Award (Public – Private Partnership) for co-ordinating the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo in June 2016. The Expo, which also received a 2016 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada, helped showcase skilled trades in Simcoe County and introduced approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students to more than 30 skilled trades.</p><p>Warden Gerry Marshall received the Community Leader Influencer of the Year Award for his continued advocacy and leadership efforts to attract, grow and support economic development, job creation and entrepreneurship in Simcoe County. Since being elected as Warden in 2014, Warden Marshall has worked with his Council to make a stronger commitment to economic development—adding staff resources, increasing funding, building relationships with area businesses and advocating on behalf of Simcoe County with other levels of government. </p><p>County of Simcoe Economic Development Officer Becky Breedon also received the Young Professional Influencer of the Year Award for her contributions to the County's many successful projects and initiatives. </p><p>"This is a true testament to all the hard work, achievements and exciting momentum going on in Simcoe County," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are working with our area partners from all sectors to generate investment and ultimately create jobs and sustainable labour opportunities. I thank EDCO for recognizing all our hard work, our Economic Development Committee and all of County Council for their ongoing commitment and staff for executing our vision." </p><p>With support and investment from County Council, County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office is taking a more active role in growing, supporting and attracting business to the region at a County-wide level. Key initiatives and accomplishments in 2015-2016 include:</p><ul><li>Launch of Simcoe County's first online land inventory system to help businesses find properties, expand or relocate to Simcoe County</li><li>Support of various labour related activities including the creation of JobCentral Simcoe Muskoka and the first online job fair for the County</li><li>Supported the training for approximately 800 existing or aspiring food entrepreneurs through various workshops including the province-wide Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time conference</li><li>Development and launch of a new economic development grant program which will provide support to member municipalities</li><li>Continue to establish closer partnerships with municipalities, local Chambers of Commerce and area businesses</li></ul><p>Visit <a href="http://edo.simcoe.ca/">edo.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></span>
Family Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-day-fun-at-the-scm-17-2-17.aspx2/7/2017 3:07:19 PMFamily Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/February 7, 2017 </strong>– As Canadians we suffer through long winter seasons, spending days shoveling, scraping, and trudging through the snow. This Family Day we encourage you to embrace winter and join us at the Simcoe County Museum for some good old fashioned Canadian fun. </p><p>Put on your woollies and pack your favourite toboggan for a day filled with sledding, snowshoeing, and so much more. Are you competitive? Then test yourself with our many challenges including farthest distance, most unique, and oldest toboggan. Looking for a more laid back day? You can still participate in all of the activities at your own pace and also have the opportunity to explore the Museum's indoor galleries. </p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student and Seniors $5; and Children $4. All outdoor activities are dependent on ground conditions. </p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Family Day</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Monday, February 20, 2017<br>10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Meredith Patterson<br>Events, Programmer, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<br><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca">meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude<br>Education Director, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Snowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Snowshoeing-2017-02-03.aspx2/3/2017 3:36:49 PMSnowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong> </strong><strong>Minesing/February 3, 2017</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum is pleased to welcome back its popular Snowshoeing by Lamplight program every Tuesday evening throughout February. Strap on snowshoes and travel beautiful trails lit by lamplight, view heritage buildings, take in the tranquil setting of the Simcoe County Forest, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie! No registration is required and snowshoe rentals are FREE. <em>Weather and grounds conditions permitting.</em></p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are admitted free; Adults $6;</p><p>Students and Seniors $5; and Children $4.</p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p>For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Snowshoeing by Lamplight </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017<br>7 p.m.–9 p.m.<br><em>Weather and conditions permitting</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</p>
Innovations Forum to introduce new affordable housing optionshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/innovations-forum-2017-01-26.aspx1/26/2017 2:17:08 PMInnovations Forum to introduce new affordable housing options<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 26, 2017</strong> – Stakeholders from across the social housing system will gather to learn about innovative new approaches to tackling affordable housing shortages in Simcoe County. The County of Simcoe is pleased to host the Affordable Housing Innovations Forum on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum. </p><p>Local developers, County Councillors, municipal planners, housing and homelessness prevention advocates will be in attendance to hear presentations about housing structure and design options, funding alternatives, planning strategies, and service delivery innovations. Registration is required free of charge through County of Simcoe Customer Service at: 705-735-6901 or 1-800-263-3199.</p><p>"We have ambitious targets of creating 2,685 new affordable housing units in Simcoe County by 2024," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We're already making a dent with more than 400 new units created since 2014, but the only way we can attain our goals is through greater partnerships, creative solutions and out of the box strategies." </p><p>The forum is being hosted with support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.</p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><strong><br>Affordable Housing Innovations Forum</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong><br>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong><br>Registration</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, February 1, 2017<br>9 a.m. to 4 p.m. </p><p>Registration is required and free of charge. Contact County of Simcoe Customer Service at: 705-735-6901 or 1-800-263-3199</p><p><em>*Media planning to attend are asked to notify Corporate Communications in advance. </em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong><strong><br></strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></span>
Emergency Management Simcoe County recognizes student winnerhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/emsc-recognizes-student-winner-16-1-24.aspx1/24/2017 3:21:17 PMEmergency Management Simcoe County recognizes student winner<p><strong>Midhurst/ January 24, 2017 </strong>– On January 27, Emergency Management Simcoe County (EMSC) staff will present an emergency preparedness kit to Mihail Mavrakakis, a grade 5 student at Sir William Osler Public School in Bradford, Ontario. Mihail entered a draw to win the kit after his class participated in the County of Simcoe's Student Emergency Preparedness (STEP) program. </p><p>Emergency Management Simcoe County staff, in partnership with local emergency services, delivered the STEP program to more than 1,400 students across Simcoe County in 2016. Students learned about the various types of emergencies that can occur in Simcoe County, how to create a family emergency plan, and what to include in a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit.</p><p>Representatives from EMSC and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will present the prize to Mihail during a school assembly at Sir William Osler Public School on January 26, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.  Media planning to attend should contact the school prior to the event at 905-775-2922. </p><p><strong>EVENT: <strong>Presentation of Emergency Kit</strong></strong></p><p><strong>Where:<br></strong>Sir William Osler Public School<br>3823 Highway 88, Bradford, Ontario </p><p><strong>When:<br></strong>January 26, 2017<br>2:55 p.m.</p><p>To learn more about the STEP program and how to be prepared for an emergency, visit <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Warden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucushttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden-elected-chair-of-wowc-16-1-23.aspx1/23/2017 4:47:03 PMWarden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus<p><strong>Midhurst, January 23, 2017 – </strong>County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall has been elected as the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair during the organization's Annual General meeting in Guelph, Ontario on January 20, 2017. </p><p>"I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Chair by my peers from across Southwestern Ontario and I look forward to helping drive our collective goals forward," said Warden Marshall.  "One of our main items for WOWC over the next two years will be strengthening our role in economic development. Accomplishing this will take co-operation among all levels of government as we continue to seek funding and partnership opportunities to grow the success of Southwestern Ontario."</p><p>Prior to his election, Warden Marshall served as Vice Chair of the WOWC, and Chair of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) committee. Throughout 2015, Warden Marshall worked closely with members of the WOWC to garner support for SWIFT from the private sector and other levels of government which culminated in a $180 million funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments in July 2016.</p><p>Also appointed at the annual general meeting were: Mayor Randy Hope, Mayor of Chatham-Kent to the office of Vice Chair; Kelley Coulter, CAO of Bruce County as Treasurer; and Mark Aitken, CAO of Simcoe County as Secretary. </p><p>The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three million residents. Its purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. For more information, visit<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.wowc.ca/"><strong>wowc.ca</strong></a><strong>.</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile) <br><font color="#0066cc"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a> </font></p>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-17-1-13.aspx1/13/2017 4:30:51 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst/January 13, 2017</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 270 in Coldwater, Ontario.</p><p>"More than 11,930 residents have taken this valuable training thanks in part to the strong partnership between the County of Simcoe and the Heart and Stroke Foundation," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our region grows and our population ages, it is more important than ever that we provide our residents with tools and training to help our emergency responders save lives."</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session:</p><p><strong>EVENT: <strong>Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></strong></p><p><strong>Where:<br></strong>Coldwater Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 270<br>2 Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, Ontario  </p><p><strong>When:<br></strong>Saturday, February 11, 2017<br>9 a.m. to Noon</p><p><strong>Cost:</strong><br>Free</p><p><strong>Registration:</strong><br><a href="http://cpr.simcoe.ca/"><font color="#0066cc">http://cpr.simcoe.ca/</font></a><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</p><p>Participants will receive instruction in the Heart and Stroke Foundation course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Participants who attend this fully certified Level-A course will receive a CPR card from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank. </p><p>In 2016, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services' Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program provided three free courses, which saw more than 285 residents certified. Participants in turn donated 1,467 lbs of food and $306.25 for local food banks. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Sandra Page - BA, ACP<br>Manager, National Resuscitation Program, Ontario <br>Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada<br>1-905-409-7706 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:spage@hsf.ca"><font color="#0066cc">spage@hsf.ca</font></a></p>
S&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit ratinghttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/rating-2016-12-21.aspx12/21/2016 2:37:55 PMS&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit rating<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 21, 2016</strong> – S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the County of Simcoe's very strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2016. The rating reflects the County's exceptional liquidity, very low debt burden and contingent liabilities, and strong budgetary performance. The rating also reflects S&P Global Ratings' opinion of the very predictable and well-balanced government framework and the County's sound financial management.</p><p>"We understand that our residents face many financial constraints and it's important to them to know that their tax dollars are being managed responsibly," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We continue to receive strong credit ratings based on our robust financial management policies and strong budgetary performance. Our position of strength allows us to make strategic investments in initiatives such as transit, new infrastructure, education and social housing that benefit our communities, enhance our services and contribute to the well-being of our residents."</p><p>The rating affirmation was released December 5, 2016, and reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectations that, in the next two years, the County of Simcoe's liquidity will remain exceptional, tax-supported debt will stay below 30% of projected consolidated operating revenues, and budgetary performance will remain strong.</p><p>The report also notes the County's political and managerial strength is demonstrated by generally good political consensus in passing budgets without major amendments or delays. In addition, the report states that the County has a robust set of financial policies, provides transparent, easy-to-access disclosure to pertinent information, and prepares detailed operating and capital budgets.</p><p><strong>Highlights from S&P Global Ratings report </strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>At the end of 2015, the county's tax-supported debt declined to C$52.3 million or 18% of consolidated operating revenues (all figures S&P Global Ratings-adjusted), from 21% in 2014, which, according to S&P is considered very low debt burden</li><li>The County's liquidity position is exceptional and a key credit strength. S&P Global Ratings estimates that monthly adjusted free cash and liquid assets will average C$28 million in 2017, which would be enough to cover more than 8 times the forecasted debt service payable in that year. S&P Global Ratings expects the County's coverage ratio to continue exceeding 100% in the next two years </li><li>The County posting an operating surplus of 10.7% of operating revenues and a surplus after capital accounts of 3.6% of total revenues</li><li>The County's economy generated an average GDP per above US$38,000 in 2013-2015 but likely somewhat less than the provincial average of about US$45,500. S&P Global Ratings views the County's economy as strong and fairly stable, although less diversified than that of its peers</li></ul><p><strong>About S&P Global Ratings</strong><br><strong> </strong>With 26 offices around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research, and thought leadership.</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong><strong><br></strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Winter’s no wonderland for waste collectorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/waste-collections-2017-01-06.aspx1/6/2017 9:25:02 PMWinter’s no wonderland for waste collectors<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 6, 2017</strong> – You battle blowing snow and icy roads on your way home from work to discover your garbage, organics, and recycling have not been collected—or worse—blowing up and down your street. </p><p>We've been there and we know how you feel; it's frustrating and leaves you asking the same two questions: why was my garbage missed and when will it be collected?  </p><p>Although there are many reasons a scheduled collection may be missed, concerns with road safety due to severe weather conditions is often the culprit. Waste collection is difficult on the best of days and is regularly listed as one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs; add winter weather to the mix and you've got a recipe for disaster. </p><p>The County has established a variety of methods and processes to assist residents in better understanding what is happening with collections in their area. This includes working closely with local media outlets, posting waste collection impact notices on our website (simcoe.ca), and social media posts on both Facebook and Twitter.  </p><p>We believe the most helpful outreach resource is the Waste Schedule tool, which can be found at simcoe.ca/wasteschedule. By entering your address into the tool, subscribers can choose their method of communication—phone call, email, or Twitter direct message. The service can also remind you when it's your collection day or when you should put your Christmas tree at the curb. It will also let you know if there are collection issues/concerns or cancellations and what is being done to manage them.</p><p><strong>Waste Schedule: </strong>simcoe.ca/wasteschedule</p><p><strong>Website: </strong>simcoe.ca</p><p><strong>Twitter: </strong>@simcoecountycs</p><p><strong>Facebook: </strong>facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe</p><p><strong>Call Centre: </strong>705-726-9300 or 1-866-893-9300; info@simcoe.ca (Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)</p><p>As you can see, we're doing many things to ensure the needs of our residents are met without putting anyone needlessly in harm's way. </p><p>Contracted collections drivers are trained professionals and we take the safety of those workers and our residents seriously, believing that risking life or limb to ensure waste is collected on unsafe days is not a risk we're willing to take.</p><p>Commercial driving licenses limit service hours to 13 hours per day and a total of 60 hours per week, and when difficult road conditions present themselves, trucks must operate more slowly. Compounding this issue has been delays due to trucks ending up in the ditch because of weather-related road conditions. There have been several days this winter when as many as 10 of the 60 collection trucks have been in the ditch at any one time awaiting a tow. Additionally, unloading extra holiday waste volumes reduces time available for collection; this lost time adds up quickly and, at the end of the day, despite operating late into the evening, not every area may be fully serviced. </p><p>Although the winter of 2016/17 has already been a difficult one in terms of localized missed or delayed collections, we have not experienced region-wide cancellations. We have been forced to reroute trucks to areas where road conditions were more conducive to collections.</p><p>Our normal procedure for areas missed on any one day is to collect double on the next week. We know this is seen as an inconvenience, but it allows us to properly manage the impact and keep it from accumulating and affecting other serviceable areas. If we were to push the collection to the next day, from Monday to Tuesday for example, we will have then impacted the entire County rather than a portion of the route. </p><p>We ask that you remain patient whenever unsavory weather leads to missed collections; we promise to do our best to ensure your garbage, recycling, and organics is picked up.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/24.64px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Contact:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Joe Mercer<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1035<br>705-790-9559 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:joe.mercer@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">joe.mercer@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>  </p>
Counties offer training and networking sessions for agri-food entrepreneurshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/agri-food-sessions-2017-01-06.aspx1/6/2017 5:01:03 PMCounties offer training and networking sessions for agri-food entrepreneurs<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ January 6, 2017</strong> – The counties of Simcoe and Grey are working together to support and bolster the training and networking of local agri-food entrepreneurs. This January to March, Simcoe and Grey counties are hosting a series of events that will give local food businesses and producers a chance to learn from experts about various aspects of food retailing. Attendees will gain new skills they can use to expand their businesses within our regions and beyond our borders. </p><p>Advance registration for the sessions is required online through www.edo.simcoe.ca or www.investingrey.ca.</p><p>"Our region is investment ready and we're doing everything we can to support and promote local businesses across all sectors," said County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall. "With such a rich agricultural heritage, the agri-food sector presents a huge opportunity for our businesses to grow and thrive in a global marketplace. I encourage all our entrepreneurs to join us for the sessions, learn, network and help advance our position as leaders in Ontario's agri-food sector." </p><p>"Agriculture has deep roots in Grey County and farming and food production continues to be a major contributor to our region's economy," said Grey County Warden Alan Barfoot. "We're pleased to work closely together with Simcoe County to offer these great events that will inspire local food entrepreneurs and help them expand."</p><p>The sessions are designed for anyone working or operating an agri-food related business. Winter 2017 sessions include:</p><p><strong>Honing Your Sales Pitch and Presentation Workshop</strong><br> Wednesday January 25, 2017 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> The purpose of this workshop is to help food entrepreneurs fine tune their pitches and presentations – for a broker, distributor or retailer. Participants will get an opportunity to practice their pitch and get feedback from an actual food broker.</p><p><strong>Straight from the Expert: What Grocers Are Looking for in Your Pitch?</strong><br> Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> Participants in this presentation will hear from Giancarlo Trimarchi, Partner of Vince's Market about how to the retail system works.  The presentation will include information about how buyers select who to meet with; how the buying process works; and what they are looking for in a pitch.</p><p><strong>Business to Business Sales</strong><br> Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> This seminar will introduce techniques, tools and case studies that all food entrepreneurs can use to enter into the channels of wholesaling and foodservice.</p><p><strong>Agri-Tourism: Are you Ready for Visitors?</strong><br> Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.<br> Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood<br> Cost: $15<br> Kim Clarke, Tourism Experience Development Specialist from Regional Tourism Organization 7 will guide you through product vs. experiences, the progression of economic value, and what it takes to be market-ready.<br> <br><strong>Business to Retailer Networking Event</strong><br> Thursday, March 16, 2017 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.<br> Beaver Valley Community Centre, 58 Alfred Street West, Thornbury<br> Cost: Free<br> This networking event will allow retailers an opportunity to meet with local agri-food businesses, sample products and get an introduction to the products available. The event is open to primary producers and agri-food processors from the surrounding region.</p><p>Advance registration for the sessions is required online through www.edo.simcoe.ca or www.investingrey.ca.</p><p>Grey County is an upper-tier municipal government serving nine member municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. Learn more by visiting <a href="http://www.grey.ca/">www.grey.ca</a>.<br> <br>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:32.85px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:27.37px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>County of Simcoe:</strong><br><strong>Allan Greenwood</strong><br><strong>Director, Corporate Communications</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><strong>705-726-9300 ext. 1230</strong><br><strong>705-794-9301 (mobile)</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:27.37px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Grey County:</strong><br><strong>Robert Hatten</strong><br><strong>Communication Manager</strong><br><strong>519-372-0219 ext 1235</strong><br><a href="mailto:Robert.Hatten@grey.ca"><strong>Robert.Hatten@grey.ca</strong></a></p></span>