Niagara Region 10-year Economic Development Strategy

Niagara Economic Development is looking for input from our businesses and community stakeholders to inform a new regional economic development strategy. This is a unique opportunity for you to help shape the region’s economic future and develop a vision of where Niagara aspires to be in the next ten years. It is important that the engagement process includes feedback from a broad range of the region’s stakeholders and takes into account the many different perspectives that make up our diverse economic and business community.

Please take time to complete our online survey and share it with your networks:

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In addition to the online survey, we want to consult with businesses and community stakeholders through direct one-on-one interviews and a series of digital workshops. This consultation will culminate in a completed vision for Niagara’s economic future early in the new year.

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Niagara’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy is being developed in collaboration with the officers Long-term Economic Development Strategy Advisory Council.
  • Marco Marino, Manager, Economic Development, City of Thorold (Chair)
  • Paul DiIanni, Director, Economic Development and Communications, Town of Lincoln (Vice Chair)
  • Bram Cotton, Economic Development Officer, City of Port Colborne
  • Brian York, Director of Economic Development and Government Relations, City of St. Catharines
  • Caralee Grummett, Manager Economic Development and Tourism, Town of Fort Erie
  • Doug Giles, Director, Community and Long Range Planning, Planning and Development, Niagara Region
  • George Spezza, Director, Economic Development, Niagara Region
  • Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Grimsby
  • Lina DeChellis, Manager, Economic Development, City of Welland
  • Linda Sicoli, Economic Development Officer, Economic Development, Niagara Region (representing Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Wainfleet and West Lincoln)
  • Serge Felicetti, Director Business Development/Angela Davidson, Manager Economic Development, City of Niagara Falls
  • Valerie Kuhns, Associate Director, Economic Development, Niagara Region (Project Lead)

Niagara Economic Development Five-Year Strategy

Niagara Economic Development’s role is to support the growth of Niagara’s economy and ensure competitiveness. A five-year strategy has been developed for 2019-2024 that focuses on continuing to strengthen our competitive advantages, while tackling the challenges that impact our business environment and infrastructure. Our team is focused on building and ensuring that we have the right pieces in place to ensure growth and prosperity.

Read the 5 Year Strategy Summary