Erin council seeking input on economic development plan

Town council here is seeking public input on the municipality’s 2015 to 2018 Economic Development Action Plan.

A draft was presented to council on Aug. 11, and  economic development coordinator Bob Cheetum briefly explained the report.

The action plan, named Momentum, sets the direction for economic development within the township during the current council’s term and outlines five economic development goals:

– building a more positive business climate;

– working collaboratively and strengthening links with partners at all levels;

– establishing Erin as a premier location for equine enthusiasts;

– promoting and marketing the Erin as a tourism destination; and

– developing a sustainable community.

The report contains 51 action items, including 16 high-priority items, 29 medium-priority ones and seven low-priority items.

The top priority action items include hiring a full-time economic development officer, establishing a town wide improvement plan, undertaking a riverwalk trail feasibility study, defining the town as an equine hub, and completing the water and wastewater environmental assessment process.

The public has the opportunity to make written responses to the plan until Aug. 25. The final plan will be presented to council on Sept. 15.