In 2011-2012, the Township of Zorra partnered with the rural Oxford townships (Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Norwich and South-West Oxford) to create ROED, Rural Oxford Economic Development. This was a temporary project which created a Business Retention and Expansion project to enhance local businesses and economic prosperity.
The program worked to improve the competitiveness of local businesses by addressing their concerns and needs through a confidential interview process. The interview process was a structured visitation program that included a survey conducted by volunteers to identify issues and opportunities. The analysis of the survey results was used to develop a series of strategic actions that will assist to address the concerns indicated within the survey.
The overall goals of conducting a BR+E are as follows:
• Address urgent business issues
• Improve and grow the relationships between local businesses and the community
• Retention of businesses and jobs
• Improvement of business and community competitiveness
For more information please visit the ROED website OR view the Rural Oxford Business Retention and Expansion Final Report and Action Plan.