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CEDC Releases New Three-Year Strategic Plan

Event date: Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Thursday, Oct. 16 - The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) today unveiled its new Strategic Plan. Titled Transitioning to Growth, the new plan outlines the CEDC’s priorities for the next three years.

The plan is divided into seven themes:

● Entrepreneurship
● Business Retention and Expansion and Business Succession Planning
● Innovative Manufacturing
● Training and Educational Community
● Logistics and Supply Hub
● Social Enterprise, Information, Communications & Technology, Regional Food and Film
● Mining Readiness Strategy (MRS)

“Positioning ourselves to use our existing assets to grow and expand our existing business, and attract new ones in these areas is the CEDC’s path forward for the next three years,” said Doug Murray – CEO, CEDC. “The CEDC’s success in implementing our plan will involve working cooperatively and collaboratively with the CEDC’s community partners. We will work closely with existing city and regional businesses to assist them to succeed and expand.”

The Strategic Plan notes that changes continue to occur in Thunder Bay’s economy which is allowing it to diversify, such as the establishment of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University’s new Faculty of Law, and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute. It represents a shift to a knowledge-based economy which creates jobs and academic opportunities.

“We at the CEDC are very proud of this new Strategic Plan,” said Roberta Simpson - Vice-Chair, CEDC Board of Directors. “It is a very thorough roadmap, and I’m excited to see the new opportunities and growth it will help create in our City.”

The CEDC Strategic Plan is available at
Contact:       Karen Martin, Marketing Officer, CEDC, at 625-3969

About CEDC:
The CEDC is responsible for business development, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and the collection and assessment of key business data. The CEDC receives formal proposals for projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors. For more information, visit

About the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC):
The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay. We exist to offer free and confidential small business counselling services to both new and existing small businesses.

Our services vary from providing information on various business topics to one-on-one consultation with a Small Business Counsellor.

Visit our website for more information: