Chatham-Kent celebrating economic development week

The Chatham-Kent Municipal team cutting the ribbon in honor of Economic Development Week. Left to right: John Norton, Kim Cooper, Amy Finn, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, Wendy O’Hara Reaume, Amy Wilcox, Darrin Canniff, Don Shropshire, Anthony Wilson, Taylor Hughes, Rosemarie Montgomery, and Stuart McFadden. Image released by the Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Small Business Centre

May 6 to 11th, is Economic Development Week.

According to Chatham-Kent Economic Development and Small Business Centre, the goal of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Chatham-Kent is the perfect place for individuals and their families to live, work, play, and invest,” said Darrin Canniff, Chatham-Kent Mayor. “I have made it a top priority to personally visit businesses of all sizes, from the single-person start up, to our major manufacturers, and of course our fantastic agricultural sector. I want to personally hear from them the things we are doing well and the key areas where we can do better so that they can grow in Chatham-Kent.”

Over the past 10 years, one of Chatham-Kent’s economic strengths is the focus on creating greater diversity of both businesses and the workforce. Leading this diversity is the small business sector which makes up 48.74% of the community’s business establishments.

From the career perspective, employers in Chatham-Kent are making the shift towards improved wages and other important lifestyle considerations. For example, Agmedica announced that they are ensuring that all employees are guaranteed at minimum a living wage of $16.33 per hour to start. Additionally, Sonoco in Chatham is offering employees an average wage of $24 per hour along with benefits and pension.

As part of staying informed, Economic Development has a monthly newsletter that includes updates on business news, grant opportunities, and events. The newsletter is available for anyone to subscribe and can be found at www.investck.ca. You can also find frequently updates and information on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages @CKEcDev and @CKbizcentre.

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