Dryden, Ontario Case Study
Dryden Development Corporation (DDC) chose McSweeney & Associates to gather community statistics, and then create an economic development plan and supporting marketing materials. These tools have helped generate an upsurge in new investment interest in Dryden - and attracted new businesses.
"With McSweeney & Associates, we followed a logical, step-by-step process, says Vicki Kurz, Economic Development Manager, DDC. "We gained a clearer understanding of Dryden's strengths, and can approach site selectors and prospective investors with more confidence. We know how we can diversify our local economy?and have a strong buy-in to do this from the Dryden community and local government.?In essence, "McSweeney & Associates has prepared us to attract, and respond effectively to, investment queries. It has helped us prepare Dryden to diversify its economy. And it has led to many new investment queries - and to new investment."
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"McSweeney and Associates recently completed a "Target Market Study: Analysis and Competitive Positioning" on the Bay of Quinte Region prepared for the Quinte Economic Development Commission. The resulting document formed the foundation of our economic development strategy with action oriented recommendations that are already paying off for our organization. Eric McSweeney and his team completed high quality work, on time and on budget, and we would be pleased to recommend them to any community or organization looking to complete similar type of work."
Economic Development Manager
Quinte Economic Development Commission
"McSweeney & Associates clearly understands what it takes for economic development organizations to succeed in their objectives. Eric's wealth of experience in economic development provides for realistic solutions to your community needs. The professionalism demonstrated by Eric has been excellent in the areas of consultation, facilitation, problem-solving and delivering projects on time and on budget."
George Borovilos, Ec.D. (F)
Director, Business Development Branch
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"I have worked with Eric McSweeney on several occasions, both as the Coordinator of Economic Development for the City of Pembroke and as the President of Ontario East Economic Development Commission. In all cases and without exception, he has delivered research, market analysis and strategic advice that has been very meaningful and immediately useful. Eric consistently exceeds expectations!"
Susan R. Ellis, B.A., B.Ed., Cert. Ec. D., Cert. BREI
Coordinator, Economic Development, Recreation & Tourism
City of Pembroke
"We first heard Eric as a presenter at an EDCO function on site selection. This led to his involvement in the development of our Sustainable Pickering website. We were very pleased with the quality and turnaround, and his team has been a great resource. His web people did an excellent job training our staff in a very polished manner. Working with McSweeney & Associates has been a good experience for us.?
Manager Marketing & Business Development
City of Pickering
"Thank you for providing one of the best workshops we have ever had in Wawa! The EDC staff learned so much and is excited about closing the gaps you identified in our website and land inventory."
Wawa Economic Development Corporation
"Your investment readiness program enabled our people to understand how our Municipality is viewed from the outside investment perspective, and to help us identify investment readiness constraints that have been affecting our progress. Your program exceeded our expectations and we look forward to your return visit."
Municipality of Red Lake
"I would like to thank McSweeney & Associates for the development of a Market Feasibility Study for Trent Hills. The process to develop the study for our rural community was professional and well managed. The study has created a guiding document for our Economic Development Committee and highlighted key opportunities to create focus for our resources and efforts."
Community Development Officer
Municipality of Trent Hills
"I received many compliments from the public during the extensive consultation process about you, your associates and the process. The deliverables were exactly what North Grenville Council and staff were seeking"
Municipality of North Grenville
"Eric McSweeney offers great value to any community or region with his services. Eric offers a very unique service in helping to evaluate investment readiness. I would strongly advise any community to stop what they are currently doing in regards to investment attraction and have Eric and his team work with you first to determine whether your efforts are efficient and effective."
Terrace Economic Development Authority
"On behalf of the TEDA board and community of Terrace I really want to thank you for making the time to take us through this insightful exercise. No doubt we have work to do, but you have given us a road map to offer guidance of where we can get to and best prepare our area for future opportunities.?
Terrace Economic Development Authority
"When the County of Renfrew sought to develop a 5-year Economic Development Masterplan in a short time frame, McSweeney & Associates' phased methodology quickly led to clearly identifying issues requiring our attention in five key economic sectors. Eric even identified an important driving sector that wasn't so obvious beforehand. The Masterplan's purposeful time frame set out our action steps to capitalize on identified opportunities. Moreover, Eric assessed potential risks, anticipated the benefits we should expect, identified the necessary involvement, commitment and leadership necessary for each step, estimated our resource requirements, and suggested potential funding sources for us to move forward with implementation. Aside from maintaining good communication over the duration of the project, Eric was very cooperative to serve our needs and schedule. In the end, he delivered a valuable product beyond our expectations."
Mitchell Wilkie, MIM, SBCC, CMMIII
Manager of Economic Development Services
County of Renfrew