Several members participated in a stakeholder meeting with City of Barrie and other local leaders to determine how the city could develop and implement an economic recovery plan to assist industries impacted by COVID-19.
After extensive consultation, the City of Barrie approved a plan to guide the economic recovery of the city. It is designed to support the local economy by taking several key actions. The city is also expected to take on a role as an advocate for capital funds, pushing both the federal and provincial governments into ongoing monetary support.
The strategy was developed in record time, thanks to the dedication and commitment of more than 150 businesses, community leaders and organizations. It lays out actions for six identified priority areas of the economy: Tourism, Service, Construction, Manufacturing, Arts and Culture, and Downtown Barrie.
The next step is expected later this year, and will be one of resiliency; the city plans to address the strategic issues in the economy and take on longer-term initiatives in this stage of recovery.
Council voted to put $50,000 towards this plan, with an expectation of a progress update in three months’ time.