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March is #ITSTARTS month in Simcoe Countyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/march-is-itstarts-month-in-simcoe-county.aspx2/26/2021 2:56:58 PMMarch is #ITSTARTS month in Simcoe County<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/February 26​, 2021 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, the County of Simcoe has once again proclaimed March as #ITSTARTS Month. For the fifth year running, the #ITSTARTS campaign is promoting inclusion, acceptance, and equity within the vibrant, diverse and growing communities that make up Simcoe County.</span></p><p>#ITSTARTS aims to raise awareness about the value and importance of multiculturalism in our communities. The social movement encourages Simcoe County residents to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are asked to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @CountyofSimcoe (Instagram) in their messages. </p><p>#ITSTARTS cards in English and French can be downloaded from <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/itstarts">www.simcoe.ca/itstarts</a>, which also hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County's website and social media channels. </p><p>The initiative is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including Barrie Public Library, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, South Simcoe Police, OPP, and YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka. Five new organizations have also joined as Community Champions for this year's campaign: Barrie Police Services, Catulpa Community Services, Conseil scolaire Catholique Mon Avenir, United Way of Simcoe-Muskoka, and Simcoe County Library Co-operative.</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 style="text-align:left;"><b>CONTACTS</b></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch​<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
Regional partners launch Automation Accelerator pilot programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/regional-partners-launch-automation-accelerator-pilot-program-21-2-24.aspx2/24/2021 2:42:10 PMRegional partners launch Automation Accelerator pilot program<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/February 24, 2021 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– Area partners are excited to launch the Automation Accelerator pilot program to create a responsive, industry-driven solution that provides regional manufacturers with training and knowledge to implement Industry 4.0 solutions. The pilot project is supported by the County of Simcoe, member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University and the Government of Ontario.</span><br></p><p>“This exciting program will help businesses to access training and much needed support to overcome learning curves often associated with adopting new technology," said Warden George Cornell. “We're pleased to launch this initiative and execute on feedback that we've heard from our industry partners around their needs and requirements to adapt and recover from this pandemic."<br></p><p><strong>About the program:<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Knowledge sharing and training will focus on the following topics:</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><ul><li>Understanding the fundamentals of Industry 4.0</li><li>Assessing opportunities for enhancements to products and processes </li><li>Sensors and Internet of Things (IIoT)  </li><li>Industry 4.0 and manufacturing processes (logistics, enterprise resource planning, augmented reality, machine learning, predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence)</li><li>Automation through robotics<span style="font-size:1em;"> ​</span></li></ul><span style="font-size:1em;">In</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> addition to increasing awareness in supports and funding opportunities, this program will provide connections to research and innovation projects at Georgian College and Lakehead University. Participating businesses will build and leave the program with an action plan, based on their own assessment of priorities and capabilities. The program will also create an environment for business-to-business (B2B) learning and best practice sharing.</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Structure: </strong><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">The virtual 12-hour pilot program begins on March 9, 2021, </span><span style="font-size:1em;">occurring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m. for three weeks.</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">The program is for manufacturing businesses only and registration is free of charge. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today at </span><div>​<a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/automationaccelerator.eventbrite.ca__%3b%21%21MPCK0opJ%21saB7l4OFx_WHECuMLT9rfJ7geFiCWvmjECJI-xUVzQWf9dZRUQ73WLK0aExoAEU8B49s$" style="font-size:1em;">https://automationaccelerator.eventbrite.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><br><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 simcoe.ca. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​- 30 -​</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a>​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p></div>
Learn how to support employee resilience during uncertain timeshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-support-employee-resilience-during-uncertain-times-21-2-17.aspx2/16/2021 7:39:31 PMLearn how to support employee resilience during uncertain times<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 16, 2021 </strong>– The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our daily lives, including transforming the way we work, making employee mental health one of the most important issues facing workplaces today. </p><p>To better understand how to support your employees' resilience during these uncertain times, business leaders are invited to join Hayley Peek, Mental Health Consultant and co-founder of “Supporting Through Struggle <sup>TM"</sup> for the February 25<sup>th</sup> "Ask an Expert" virtual webinar.​​​​<br></p><p>This session will provide information and insights on:</p><ul><li>Pulse check on our state of mental wellness</li><li>Exploring practical ways to support our mental health</li><li>What is resilience and how can we begin to build it ​<br><br></li></ul><p></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​EVENT:</strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">      Ask an Expert: Employee Mental Health Check Up</strong><br></p><strong>Where: </strong>         Zoom (details for joining the Zoom meeting will be sent in advance)<br><br><strong>​When:  </strong>         <span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">February 25, 2021 ~ 2 to 3 p.m.</span><div><div><br></div><div><strong>Register:  </strong>     Visit <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://ask-an-expert-mental-health.eventbrite.ca/&data=04%7c01%7cJennifer.Straw%40simcoe.ca%7cefef4f8b30754a15602208d8cdd93cad%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637485680193950258%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=vfQS/O2P2T6TeJ6U5O3j2BywVLwK4WHvVXPG8xY%2BaHc%3D&reserved=0">https://ask-an-expert-mental-health.eventbrite.ca</a>.<br>                      Participants can submit questions in advance when registering or by <br>                      emailing <a href="mailto:edo@simcoe.ca">edo@simcoe.ca</a><br></div></div><p>This session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development. </p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides cruci</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">al public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
County accepting applications for its 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-accepting-applications-for-its-2021-tourism,-culture-and-sport-grant-program-21-2-16.aspx2/16/2021 5:17:56 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 16, 2021 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to qualified organizations that cultivate collaborations to develop tourism, culture and sport programs and initiatives.</p><p>“County Council is committed to supporting the outstanding tourism, culture and sports sector in Simcoe County, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year," said Warden George Cornell. “Our region is brimming with local talent, entrepreneurs and organizations that continue to struggle through these challenging times. That is why this year, Council has made the decision to double our allocation for the 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant - in order to assist local residents and businesses to continue to thrive, enhance our local communities and grow regional tourism."</p><p>The Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program is the result of a merger between the Simcoe County Tourism Development Fund (SCTDF) and the Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant, and is accessible to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations within Simcoe County. In 2020, the County received 99 applications requesting a total of almost $1.1 million in financial support. However, due to COVID-19, in April 2020, Council voted to suspend the Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant and apply the allocated $300,000 for 2020 to the 2021 envelope, increasing the 2021 budget to $600,000.</p><p>Through this grant program, the County will support and enhance tourism, culture and sport in Simcoe County by:</p><ul><li>Investing in tourism, culture and sport activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of the distinct, diverse offerings within the County of Simcoe</li><li>Building organizational capacity in local existing and new organizations</li><li>Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships</li><li>Contributing to the County of Simcoe's overall economic health and sense of place</li><li>Enhancing participants' experiences by supporting innovative and accessible programming</li></ul><p><strong>Interested applicants are asked to submit their forms by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.</strong> Applications will be accepted for photo and/or video production, storytelling, product and/or experience development, marketing, event enhancement, operator engagement, capacity-building activities, cycling infrastructure and tourism wayfinding signage.</p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $600,000 in funding, which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. </p><p>Details and application guidelines can be found at <a href="http://www.experience.simcoe.ca/resources">www.experience.simcoe.ca/resources</a>. Potential applicants can contact the County's Tourism staff via email, at <a href="mailto:tourism@simcoe.ca">tourism@simcoe.ca</a> with questions. </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>CONTACT</strong></p><p><strong></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> ​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services on the frontlines of emergency responsehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Paramedic-Services-on-the-frontlines-of-emergency-response.aspx2/12/2021 3:14:17 AMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services on the frontlines of emergency response<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 3, 2021</strong> – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and during this heightened second wave, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services have been on the frontlines responding to the needs of our residents, communities and partners.​<br>​​<br><br></p><p>Providing medical care and transport during 9-1-1 calls continues to be the main priority for Paramedic Services; however, during the pandemic Paramedics have expanded their roles and utilized their training and skillset to support our regional pandemic response needs. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Paramedics have been providing assistance with swabbing and patient management needs in congregate settings, such as workplaces, long-term care and seniors services facilities, conducting wellness checks in area shelters, providing emergency transport of COVID-19 positive patients, working with area health-care teams in vaccination clinics and expanding in-home wellness checks through the innovative Community Paramedicine programs. Logistics staff have also extended themselves to support our long-term care homes with PPE management.<br><br></p><p>“The response of our Paramedic staff to the pandemic has been extraordinary," said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Their roles are challenging at the best of times and dealing with added pressures of the pandemic, and safety measures of being in close contact with COVID-19 positive patients, has been very tough on their physical and mental health. I am very proud and grateful to them for their efforts, adaptability and drive to support their patients and community. All our front-line staff are thankful for the public support they have received. We greatly appreciate how our partners and communities continue to support one another as we all work to end this pandemic."<br><br></p><p><strong>New Funding Support</strong></p><p>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) is pleased to have received additional one-time funding in the amount of $456,008 from Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) in relation to the COVID-19 response. This funding will support pandemic activities, such as vaccine administration, existing Community Paramedicine (CP) program expansion and CP education development within Simcoe County. The funding was split between three payments from the Central and North Simcoe Muskoka LHINs and will allow future program growth and sustainability at a crucial time. This funding will be reviewed further by County Council on February 9. <br><br></p><p>“The support and service of our Paramedics is a cornerstone in our fight against COVID-19 and our eventual recovery," said Warden George Cornell. “We are immensely grateful to our Paramedics, and we continue to work with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Province to ensure that Paramedics are prioritized in the roll out of vaccinations due to their expanded role during this pandemic. We also thank the Province for these additional funds, which will assist the County in providing the necessary increased training, staffing, equipment and administration costs to keep our communities safe." <br><br></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>.<br></p><p>​</p>
County announces winners of Rural Innovation Challengehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-announces-winners-of-rural-innovation-challenge.aspx2/10/2021 3:49:51 PMCounty announces winners of Rural Innovation Challenge<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/February 10, 2021</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> – </span><span style="font-size:1em;">The County, ventureLAB, and Digital Main Street are pleased to recognize the 2020 winners of the Rural Innovation Challenge. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">In December 2020, </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the partners launched a program to encourage local businesses to explore, source, and pilot novel solutions that support main street business continuity in Simcoe County during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span><br></p><p>The winners of the challenge will receive support to help fund, pilot or scale their solutions, with $10,000 awarded to the winner, and $7,000 and $4,000 to the first and second runners-up respectively. The County would like to thank all those who came up with innovative solutions and congratulate the following three winning companies on their innovative ideas that support business continuity in Simcoe County amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: </p><ol><li><strong> First Place: TAKU Retail - </strong>The <a href="https://takulabs.io/?utm_source=ventureLAB%20Original&utm_campaign=e887e7dfb6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_13_08_03_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6a36e55694-e887e7dfb6-159726557&mc_cid=e887e7dfb6&mc_eid=6ee7fe8b7f">TAKU Retail</a> cloud platform allows established main street retailers to seamlessly move their operations online. <br></li><li><strong>First Runner-Up: Wrmth -</strong> <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/wrmth.ca/__%3b%21%21MPCK0opJ%21qo_dPggTuOGFEkQhj3HS6-tWR5Xc-jUzxT_CB9J_Jf5fcIfB2MQ62GMciWEgR8AjcfM$">Wrmth</a> provides the first 100% Canadian designed and manufactured outdoor heated furniture to extend the patio season.</li><li><strong>Second Runner-Up: delivereh. -</strong> <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.delivereh.ca/__%3b%21%21MPCK0opJ%21qo_dPggTuOGFEkQhj3HS6-tWR5Xc-jUzxT_CB9J_Jf5fcIfB2MQ62GMciWEg4KD5LXE$">delivereh.</a> is a “new normal" logistics company founded to support small businesses during the pandemic and beyond. The company offers an end-to-end digital solution that can be dispatched by any type of business for any community delivery.</li></ol><p>An information session is scheduled on February 12 at 1:00pm to discuss the Community Collaboration Program and give our winners a platform to present their solutions and answer any questions from the community. Please register for free at: <a href="https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GezFBKeYRGyjlQZmJOy1hQ">https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GezFBKeYRGyjlQZmJOy1hQ</a> </p><p>If one of these solutions would help support your business during the pandemic, please complete the <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1ybalb57WIyxq6lebV_JYDqhNTLqeTzb1LOEResugyfvaZA/viewform">Expression of Interest form</a> by February 28, 2021, and a member of the ventureLAB team will contact you for further information. </p><p><strong>About the Rural Innovation Challenge:</strong></p><p>The Simcoe County Rural Innovation Challenge involved a community of organizations. Working with the Centre For Business and Economic Development, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, it was determined that successful solutions must seek to address one or more of the following challenge areas:  </p><ul><li>​​Enhance streamlined delivery and order fulfillment services for online purchases made from main street businesses </li><li>Expand and optimize schedule and ticket management services for main street businesses </li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Enable main street businesses to better manage and care for the physical and mental well-being of their staff and employees  </span></li></ul><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">Funding for this program is made available in part through the </span><a href="https://digitalmainstreet.ca/futureproof/" style="font-size:1em;">Digital Main Street Future Proof program</a><span style="font-size:1em;">, with support from the </span><a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><br><p><strong>Quotes</strong><strong>:</strong></p><p>“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging but many of our regional businesses have adapted and forged ahead with innovative solutions, and these three winners of our Rural Innovation Challenge emphasize the level of talent that exists within our communities. On behalf of County Council and our Economic Development Sub-Committee, I would like to thank them for participating and sharing their successful solutions to support businesses across the region as we all work towards recovery." – <em>Warden George Cornell</em></p><p>"Entrepreneurs and Main Street businesses are critical engines to local economic success. At ventureLAB, we work with founders to bridge the digital divide and integrate tech into Main Street businesses to build back a resilient and sustainable economy. Congratulations to the winners of the Rural Innovation Challenge and their innovative solutions." – <em>Jane Gertner, VP, Partnerships, ventureLAB</em></p><p>“The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Digital Main Street platform and see innovative initiatives, like the Simcoe County Rural Innovation Challenge, which support local organizations to come up with unique solutions to support main street businesses. We are proud to work with Digital Main Street partners including Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Communitech, Invest Ottawa and the Regional Innovation Centres to help our innovation ecosystem grow stronger."<em> – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario</em></p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong></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><strong>About ventureLAB</strong></p><p>ventureLAB is a leading technology hub located in Markham in York Region, Canada's second-largest tech cluster. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada, with a focus on hardware and enterprise software technologies. ventureLAB has enabled thousands of tech companies to scale, and our portfolio of companies have created close to 4,000 jobs that have raised over $200 million in investment capital to continue their growth and scale. <a href="http://www.venturelab.ca/">www.venturelab.ca</a></p><p><strong>About Digital Main Street</strong></p><p>Digital Main Street is a program that helps main street businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and our Digital Service Squad, a team of street-level team members who help main street businesses grow and manage their operations through technology.  </p><p>Digital Main Street was created by the Toronto Association on Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) with direct support from the City of Toronto. Digital Main Street is also supported by a group of strategic business partners, including Google, Mastercard, Shopify, Microsoft, Facebook, Intuit QuickBooks, Square, and Yellow Pages. A <a href="https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02590.html?">$42​.5-million investment from FedDev Ontario</a> and an additional $7.45 million from the Government of Ontario brought together the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, Communitech, Invest Ottawa, and the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association to expand the Digital Main Street Platform in order to support more businesses to go digital as a response to the impacts of COVID-19.</p><p><strong>About FedDev Ontario </strong><br>For more than 10 years, <a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home">FedDe​v Ontario</a> has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada's most populous region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our <a href="https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_00358.html?OpenDocument#tag-pivotal__1">pivotal projects</a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACT</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p>
County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell acclaimed Chair of Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucushttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-warden-george-cornell-acclaimed-chair-of-western-ontario-wardens-caucus.aspx2/8/2021 6:47:27 PMCounty of Simcoe Warden George Cornell acclaimed Chair of Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 8, 2021</strong> – County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell has been acclaimed Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) and is focused on the South Western Ontario Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative as his top priority. </p><p>“I am honoured to have been acclaimed for the position of chair of the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus to further initiatives that will benefit our group of 15 upper and single-tier municipalities," said Warden George Cornell. “Throughout this pandemic, we have witnessed the strength of working together to tackle the biggest issues that we are facing. Collectively, we will represent the joint interests of Southwestern Ontario municipalities, as we collaborate to build on these learnings and continue our great track record of success. I would like to thank all my fellow Wardens and Mayors who supported me, and to congratulate Dufferin County Warden Darren White on returning as vice chair. Together, the caucus will make progress in our recovery efforts, supporting our entire area through coordinated economic development efforts and rural broadband connectivity enhancements in collaboration with SWIFT."</p><p>Simcoe County Councillors continue to go above and beyond to represent local constituents. The County currently benefits from strong voices at key regional venues, including the Association of Municipalities Ontario, Federation of Canadian Municipalities and now the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus.    </p><p><strong>About Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus Inc. (WOWC)</strong></p><p>The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single-tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario, representing more than three million residents. The WOWC aims to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. Caucus members work collectively to influence federal and provincial legislation and programs through advocacy, research, analysis and education. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.wowc.ca/">www.wowc.ca</a>.  </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 style="text-align:center;font-size:1em;">- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;color:#000000;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span></p>
Simcoe County Museum Hosts Fact or Fiction – Home Editionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/museum-hosts-fact-or-fiction-home-edition-21-2-8.aspx2/8/2021 5:17:24 PMSimcoe County Museum Hosts Fact or Fiction – Home Edition<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 8, 2021 – </strong>On February 25, 2021, the Simcoe County Museum is hosting Fact or Fiction – Home Edition, a virtual event inspired by the very popular Night at the Museum event.</p><p>During Fact or Fiction – Home Edition, participants will match wits with staff Curators as they reveal stories of mysterious and unique artifacts from the Museum's extensive collection. At the end of the virtual event, the players with the highest Fact or Fiction scores will have a chance to win one of three “Comfort Kits", totalling $1,500 worth of locally sourced items including a weighted blank​​​et, spa products, locally produced wine, spirit​<span style="white-space:nowrap;">s​</span> and beer, candles, gourmet chocolates and more.<br></p><p>This entertaining evening is a great way to square off against family members and friends, while staying safe in your homes. A pre-event package with game instructions, and snack and beverage suggestions including how to make a “Quarantini", will be emailed to participants. <br></p><p>Put on your best lockdown comfies and make it a popcorn and pajama evening you won't soon forget.<br></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:</strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">      Fact or Fiction - Home Edition</strong><br></p><strong>Where: </strong>         Virtual - details provided upon registration<br><br><strong>​When:  </strong>         <span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Thursday, February 25, 2021 ~ 7 to 8:30 p.m.</span><div><br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><strong>Theme:  </strong>        Around the House<br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>Register:  </strong>      Tickets are $25 per user and registration is required<br>                        <a href="https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search/221">Click here to register</a></div><div><p>For more information visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> or call 705-728-3721.</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 style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span></p></div></div>