Windsor-Essex County, Ontario, May 6, 2019

Today, the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) and regional partners including all municipalities in the Windsor-Essex region, the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC)WEtech AllianceWorkforce WindsorEssex (WFWE), and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade launched Economic Development Week in the Windsor-Essex region.

This week-long initiative is part of the International Economic Development Week and was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) which is the largest professional membership organization for economic developers and is recognized by economic development professionals across Canada and the United States.  The goal is to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

This is the third year of participation by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC) in collaboration with the other ecosystem partners and the nine municipalities across the region – Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, Pelee Island, Tecumseh and Windsor.

The one survey concept was created by the regional partners to receive feedback from the business community, and to share the aggregated collected data results among all economic development practitioners.  Since all participants are using the same survey data they can analyze trends which improves the validation of the information. The data collected helps the city, county and region identify specific issues and challenges faced by Windsor-Essex companies and helps to promote continued collaboration and teamwork among the partners. Through communications and face-to-face meetings, the companies will be encouraged to ‘take the survey’ ( that is available to them throughout the entire month of May.

Throughout the week of May 6th to the 11th the partners will feature tools or services relevant to the business community and the survey will be active until the end of May 2019. All activities will be promoted online and through social media accounts of the local economic development agencies.


“The City of Windsor is once again pleased to collaborate in International Economic Development Week.  The Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) survey is one tool that takes the pulse of our local business community and enables us to provide the resources needed to help our businesses grow and become more competitive.  I encourage all of our businesses to participate by completing the BR&E survey.”

– Drew Dilkens, City of Windsor Mayor

“The County of Essex is proud to provide businesses in Windsor-Essex the support and tools they need to thrive and prosper. Businesses can share how we can best help them by taking the BR&E survey and advising us of their challenges and ideas when it comes to economic development. It’s all about communication, collaboration and team work. We want to foster an environment where businesses can innovate, expand and inspire.”

-Gary McNamara, Essex County Warden

 “Since our investment of over $3Million into our Windsor operations over the last couple of years Dainty Foods continues to grow significantly.  Our recruitment plan is currently underway to hire more employees to fill several positions at our Windsor rice mill. It’s our pleasure to participate this year in Economic Development Week and reassuring to know that supporting businesses to grow and succeed is a priority in the Windsor-Essex region.”

-Richard de Palmas, CEO of Les Aliments Dainty Foods Inc.



Monday, May 6 – Kick-Off Day– At 11:00 a.m. WE EDC will visit Dainty Foods at the Rice Mill on Broadway St. where CEO Richard dePalmas, of Les Aliments Dainty Foods Inc. will officially launch Economic Development Week by “Taking the Survey.”

Tuesday, May 7
 -Using their own data, Workforce WindsorEssex will announce new monthly job reports that share insightS on how people search their job finding tools and what jobs are being posted online.

Wednesday, May 8
– Small Business Centre features “Cutting Through Food Business Regulations” seminar for those looking to start a business in the food industry.

Thursday, May 9
– WEtech-Alliance’s blog will be highlighting 4 new pillars of programming created for scaling SME’s in our region. These pillars focus on: client perks, their 4/8/12 milestone strategy document, full-day development workshops and, their relationship with the newly revitalized WECAN Angel Investors Network.

Friday, May 10 – WE EDC “Blitz Day” A business visitation blitz throughout Windsor-Essex highlighting “Take the Survey.”


About International Economic Development Week: Economic Development Week is an event created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to celebrate economic development among communities around the world. The event will occur for the third time from May 6-11, 2019. Communities and organizations can join the celebration by visiting
Official 2019 hashtags are: #EDW2019 #EconDevWeek #QualityofLife


Source: Windsor-Essex Economic Development Media Release

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