Regional Initiatives

Ag 4.0

Farm smarter, not harder.

Every year, Grey County hosts the Ag 4.0 conference. Now in its third year, Ag 4.0 creates conversations about the rural renaissance at the intersection of agriculture and technology. Each year we assemble an inspiring line-up of innovators and thought leaders to guide our sessions and engage participants. We celebrate successes, acknowledge problems to be solved, and inspire creative engagement between ag and tech throughout the event.   

This year’s conference takes place on November 1 at Meaford Hall, schedule details and registration coming soon.

Agri-Food Business Retention and Expansion

Regional partners in Grey, Simcoe and Bruce Counties are studying the area’s agriculture and agriculture and food sector. We recently completed interviewing 276 local agri-food businesses across the three counties in order to gain insights into to entire agri-food value chain. We are currently analyzing the results to build regional and local Action Plans.

New to Grey

Newcomers are an important part of our communities in Grey County. Coming from outside of the country or from other areas of Canada, newcomers bring culture, skills and knowledge to our communities and workplaces.  New to Grey is a 15-month initiative funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration aimed at attracting and retaining newcomers in Grey County. 

Regional Skills Training, Trade and Innovation Center

The proposed Regional Skills Training, Trade and Innovation Center is a collaborative effort by private sector entrepreneurs Georgian College, Blue Water School Board, the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board and the City of Owen Sound.

Area employers are experiencing strong economic growth and require a well trained workforce. The goal of the new training center is to provide skill upgrading and certification to potential and existing employees, to encourage hands-on STEM experiences, and to support and mentor new businesses. It will also allow Georgian College to grow its course offering.

The new center is proposed in the former Sydenham School adjacent to Georgian College campus.