It was an eventful first year for the Bruce Power and County of Bruce's Economic Development and Innovation Initiative.
Both Bruce Power and Bruce County hosted the second annual Economic Summit, held November 7th in Walkerton.
Over 100 participants from municipalities within Bruce, Grey and Huron counties, local regional economic development organizations, and Bruce Power suppliers who have a local presence, attended the event.
President and CEO of Bruce Power Michael Rencheck says in the past year, 11 suppliers located offices in the region.
Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Paisley and Teeswater are just some of the communities where new offices have opened up.
Rencheck says it's all in anticipation of Bruce Power's Life Extension Program which begins in 2020 will allow the site's eight units to operate through 2064.
He admits, "Some of the players may not be able to move locally but what we're after is getting some of our bigger suppliers that we're counting on year in and year out for a long-term sustainable performance, to come in and be part of the team."
Bruce Power hosted a Supplier Day on Wednesday, November 8th, at the Tiverton facility with over 100 suppliers taking in the opportunity.
Rencheck says the on-site visit gives them a chance to get the lay of the land and come up with suggestions on how everyone can streamline the work that needs to be done.
He says one of the real positives of the Life Extension Program is that it will allow some workers to begin their work life at Bruce and likely retire from the same facility many years later.
Rencheck points out, "We're not just building jobs here but we're building careers."
Bruce Power's %13 billion dollar Life Extension Program is expected to add thousands of jobs either at Bruce Power or through its many suppliers.