OSTN – Back to School Newsletter

Hey Everyone,

My kids aren’t in school yet so no relief of sending them off for the day here but I hope some of you are enjoying some “kids at school” time.

In late August I attended a meeting at Georgian College organized by Grey County to discuss “The Case for a Dedicated Community Hub: Skills Training, Trades and Innovation Centre”.  This meeting brought together government and private sector from the area to discuss the current skills gap in today’s workforce and the potential of creating a Community Hub: Skills Training, Trades and Innovation Centre.  Dave Barrett of Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program who led the workshop was very good at pointing out that creating a community hub is easy, sustaining it is the hard part and that is what they wanted feedback on from this group. After a presentation on the case for a community hub and the objectives of the meeting we were sat in groups for a round table exercise focused on the programs needed to bridge the skills gap and how to sustain a community hub.  I was excited by this meeting and thought that our network could lend some ideas on the sustainability of a Community Hub: Skills Training, Trades and Innovation Centre.

With Georgian College looking to address the skills gap with new course offerings as well as be a partner in the community hub and Grey County looking for input into the community hub initiative I thought what better than to get us all together and have a chat.  With our next meeting already scheduled with Lise Mollon, Georgian College Owen Sound Business Manager, to talk about technology courses at Georgian I reached out to Savanna Myers, Grey County Economic Development Manager, and asked if she would like to add the community hub to our discussion.  Savanna, a network member, was excited at the opportunity.  So just in time for back to school our next meeting will be Tuesday October 3rd, 7pm at Georgian College where we will discussion technology courses, skills gap and the community hub concept.  I hope to see lots of you out for this exciting opportunity to assist both Georgian and Grey County in shaping the future of technology in our area.

A number of other things are on tap for the next few months.

The Owen Sound and North Grey Library has reached out and asked for a meeting to discuss its new technology and makerspace.

I’ve been invited to participate in a workshop on community growth with the City of Owen Sound on October 18th look for a report in the next newsletter.

Owen Sound’s “Are You Most” campaign is in full swing.  Reports are that the response has been very positive with over 50 inquiries and 10 potential candidates so far.  https://www.areyoumost.com/

Grey County is hosting a creative mixer which you may be interested in attending.  Details below.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Thornbury Village Cider House, 90 King St. E. Thornbury ON

Hear from the leaders and champions behind cluster development. Guest speakers include Bluewater Wood Alliance and Incubator North.

A free business networking event for those interested in learning about, joining or starting an industry cluster. This event is ideal for entrepreneurs, business owners, community organizations, developers and real estate agents. Limited spaces available. Refreshments provided. Interested parties please RSVP to Mary Jane Hills ecdev@grey.ca or 519-376-3365 ext 6108

Cheers, Mike

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