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Call For Huron Economy To Diversify

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

The County's Director of Economic Development says the area must attract skilled workers

Huron County's Director of Economic Development is preaching the need for a diversified local economy, to stay competitive with neighbouring jurisdictions.

Cody Joudry recently told Goderich Council that the only way the town and County can attract and retain skilled workers, is to encourage varied employers to locate their operations here.

Earlier this month, Akromold Inc of Goderich opened a second plant to supply precision parts for the nuclear industry, in partnership with Bruce Power and Laker Energy Products.

Joudry says an economy based on one industry or resource can dictate how an area's economy can shut out certain workers, and set local prices on necessities.

He calls it "the Fort McMurray problem", based on how the Alberta city's almost exclusive reliance on the oil industry has led to an extremely high cost of living.

Joudry says the County has set up an employer round table, where County and private sector officials get together to discuss how to attract and retain workers.

Huron County is southern Ontario's largest agricultural jurisdiction, and there continues to be far more high-skill job openings than there are prospective employees to fill them.

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