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Simcoe County partnership takes home national marketing award for promotion of skilled trades


Midhurst/November 23, 2016 – In addition to attracting, growing, and supporting our economy, the County's Economic Development Office, and its partners, are also acquiring new hardware. The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) recently recognized the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo with a 2016 Marketing Canada Award. 

"We're open for business, supportive of growth and working with our business partners to address labour challenges, particularly in the skilled trades and manufacturing sectors," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We have great momentum coming off the heels of a tremendously successful economic development familiarization tour and manufacturers forum and we thank EDAC for recognizing the efforts of so many local partners who made our first Skilled Trades Expo possible."

The Skilled Trades Expo, which was held in June 2016 at the Elmvale Community Centre, helped showcase skilled trades in Simcoe County and introduced approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students to more than 30 skilled trades.

The goal of the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society, was to provide students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County.

Based on feedback from exhibitors, partners, and students who took part in the Expo, the County of Simcoe and our area partners are pleased to announce that we are hosting the next Skilled Trades Expo on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Contact the County's Economic Development Office at for more information.    

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:

  • Launch of Simcoe County's first online land inventory system to help businesses find properties, expand or relocate to Simcoe County
  • Support of various labour related activities including the creation of JobCentral Simcoe Muskoka and the first online job fair for the County
  • 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
  • Development and launch of a new economic development grant program which will provide support to member municipalities
  • Continue to establish closer partnerships with municipalities, local Chamber of Commerce centers and area businesses

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The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) is Canada's national association of economic development professionals, representing every province and territory across Canada with nearly 1,000 members. The Association's mission is to enhance the professional competence of economic development professionals and ensure placement of qualified people in the field of economic development, to advance economic development as a distinct, recognized, and self-governing profession and to contribute to Canada's well-being. EDAC recognizes that marketing a community is an integral part of the economic development profession, therefore provides The Marketing Canada Awards competition as an opportunity to exchange and review promotional and marketing material produced by municipalities across the country.

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



Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)