New Back to Business 7 Step Checklist Released by Town of Collingwood based on Economic Recovery Task Force Action Plan
|Collingwood, ON [Monday, June 29, 2020] – On June 15, Town of Collingwood Council approved the recommendation developed by the 14-person Collingwood Economic Support & Recovery Task Force. This Task Force of private and public sector leaders worked tirelessly with Town Staff to develop 6 Item Action Plan within 8 weeks.
The Action Plan encompasses six key strategic areas of focus with specific, measurable objectives attached to each to monitor their impact on Collingwood’s economic recovery:
Each Action Item has specific initiatives associated with it, totaling 35 across the entire plan. All of them were either approved by Council or received endorsement for Staff to work more specific recommendations.
Get Ready for Back to Business
“This 7 Step Checklist is a streamlined set of resources and sector-specific toolkits that business leaders can quickly reference as they feel overwhelmed by all the different information they are receiving,” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood, “And we’ve got the team here at the Business Development Centre ready to answer questions and provide advice as quickly as possible”
Other elements of the Get Ready for Back to Business initiative include:
“We are truly grateful to each member of the Task Force for volunteering their time and expertise to help us develop Collingwood’s economic support and recovery plan,” commented Mayor Saunderson. “We are putting this plan into action immediately, with the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative, and will continue to implement action items in a timely way to support the needs of our businesses as the Province opens up”.
The 7 Step Checklist is available at www.Collingwood.ca/recovery. For more details on the Economic Support and Recovery Plan developed by the Task Force and approved by Council, visit www.Collingwood.ca/TaskForce
For immediate release: June 23, 2020
The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market returns this Saturday!
“Your New Outdoor Grocery Store”
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is pleased to announce the return of the
Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market, this Saturday, June 27. After an initial delay due to COVID-19,
we have worked with the Town of Collingwood and the local health unit to ensure that we have all
protocols in place to ensure a safe shopping experience for both market vendors and customers.
Come out this Saturday for the first market of the season and enjoy Collingwood’s ‘first outdoor grocery
store’ at the corner of Second and Pine Streets. The market will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to
accommodate pre-ordered items and seniors, and will continue to 1 p.m.
Please note that the market will be very different this year and we ask that you please respect physical
distancing and bring a face mask with you. We will be managing inflow of traffic at the one way entrance
along Pine Street as well as arrows will guide you through the market to reach all your favourite
Find out more details on what to expect this Saturday June 27th by checking out our Facebook pages
and details at www.collingwooddowntown.com.
Vendors have been busy planting, growing and baking to offer only the best for our 17th anniversary
season and are finally looking forward to welcoming everyone back. As the growing season becomes
more fruitful, so will the variety of the goods available at the market.
For more information on the market vendors and special activities, as well as information on the
businesses of Collingwood Downtown, please visit our website at www.collingwooddowntown.com and
like us on Facebook at www.facebook/collingwooddowntown and
Brooke Girdwood, Farmers’ Market Manager
|In response to challenges facing area businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Simcoe is providing $60,000 in funding towards Digital Main Street and Beyond, a unique program to help local businesses adapt their sales models to meet the needs of the ever-changing online consumer world.
The funding will cover portions of the costs for a Digital Service Squad to provide one-on-one training to local businesses and their employees.
The Digital Service Squad will be administered by the Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia Small Business Enterprise Centre and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.
To qualify, the small or medium business must:
For more than three years, Collingwood resident Hella Sandberg has been gathering clippings, programs, newsletters – just about anything she can find on the history of the arts and culture community in Collingwood. The result is three large binders of information about some of the people and organizations that have helped shape Collingwood’s thriving arts and culture scene.
During her hundreds of hours spent compiling and organizing information, Hella spoke about the project to as many people as possible, at every opportunity, in order to garner a broad perspective of information, some of which dates back to the mid 1800’s.
Some examples of notable pieces included are:
The binders will be housed in the local history section of the Collingwood Public Library and the Town’s website will also feature information so that as many people as possible may benefit from this valuable resource
“Having been very involved in promoting and supporting the arts and culture scene in Collingwood since 1976, both professionally and as a volunteer, I have always been aware of its strong and important presence in the community since then,” said Hella. “To my surprise and delight, I discovered through my research, that Collingwood has always, since its beginning, had a vibrant arts and culture community.”
While Hella is delighted to see the binder on the library shelves, she is planning to add information from time to time and keep the history growing… If you have any materials you believe could be helpful for the History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood collection, please contact Carole Stuart, the Collingwood Public Library Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at 705-445-1571 Ext. 6228 or email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce that Collingwood has been named by Expedia.ca as one of the “35 Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada”!
Collingwood has been chosen not only because of our hospitality but also for our beautiful views of Georgian Bay, our historic clock tower, and our lush tree lined streets (perfect for a leisurely stroll). Check out the article below!
Located throughout our downtown core are several murals, created by renowned artists to present a snapshot of our past.
Our Community; This mural representing the past, present and the future of the area is located on the south wall of the Eddie Bush Arena. It begins with an early scene by Bill Hartman showing Petun Indians looking over what would become Collingwood. The next image is by Janie Cooper Wilson, showing the difficult task of clearing the land. During the early 1800’s many fugitive slaves settled here and these families become an integral part of the community. Wilhelmina Wildman’s panel illustrates the early days of the commercial fishing industry. Gordon Kemp’s mural is of the architecturally unique grain depot, built in 1929 as a link from the country to the community. The mural by Shirley Farmer shows the recreational use of the area.
Busy Wagons; Located on the northwest corner of Hurontario and Second streets, this John Hood mural presents the colour and activity of the early 1900’s.
Ski Train; Located on the north wall of the CIBC, this mural was created by ceramic artist, Richard Gill. This unique three-dimensional artwork illustrates the early days of the ski and tourist industry. The mural shows the Craigleith Station as skiers arrive by train and are taken to the ski hills by horse drawn sleighs.
The Shipbuilding Industry was the lifeline of Collingwood for almost one hundred years. Beverly Smith’s Heading Dockside is located on the east wall of 28 Huron Street. This mural gives a whimsical look at the men and women heading to work at the shipyard. Located on the side of the former Mountain View Hotel, Side Launch captured the unique style of a side launch and is the work of John Hood and Alexandra Hood. It is currently in storage and will be relocated at a future date.