Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus hires economic development director

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Geoff Wright will lead the delivery of the economic development portfolio for the western Ontario region. Working together with the region’s municipalities, as the newly-hired executive director of economic development, Wright will coordinate the economic development priorities identified by the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus in the 2017 Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.

Benefitting from the momentum and achievements of the work to date, Wright will continue with the region’s goal of speaking with a unified voice on critical economic issues in southwestern Ontario including workforce planning, infrastructure investment, sector strategies, marketing and promotion.

George Bridge, chair caucus economic development committee, is excited to move forward with the program.

“The timing for this position is critical. From Essex to Simcoe, we have a lot of the same economic concerns. We’ve heard from our industries and municipalities and we are prepared and keen to provide our messaging to the province and the federal government,” he said.

Wright has worked as part of the Chatham-Kent Economic Development team for over 16 years and has an outstanding depth of knowledge regarding local manufacturers, businesses large and small, the operations and value of downtown cores, and ways to maximize returns on investments in locations such as industrial business parks.

“As a leader in the Chatham-Kent community, Wright has established strong business relationships with most, if not all, influencers and innovators across the region,” states a press release announcing Wright’s appointment.

Wright has been hired for a two-year term commencing July 2019.

Further information can be found at www.wowc.ca.