Huron Hygge deemed a success by County Economic Development
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron County Director of Economic Development Cody Joudry says the Huron Hygge campaign, carried out over the winter months, proved to be very successful.
Joudry spoke to the initiative at Huron County Council’s April 21 meeting. He detailed over 35 events, activities, workshops and classes that were held over the winter months and partnerships with over 20 businesses, organizations and community groups to carry them out.
“Weekly Thursday evening concerts took place from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25. Participation for those live streaming concerts averaged around 1,000 people each week with another 2,000-3,000 people watching the concert video on Facebook each week,” the report read. “A video ride-along with dog sled champion Luke Siertsema of Blyth created for Family Day garnered close to 6,000 views on Ontario’s West Coast Facebook page.”
The Huron Hygge project wasn’t the only successful Huron County Economic Development Department project in recent months, Joudry said.
The panel series focused on diversity has also been a success with a number of presentations being held this month.
In conjunction with the video panel series, Joudry said that Forum Research Inc. was still working on a survey in the community to measure and better understand the experience and effects of discrimination at the local level. Developed by researchers at the University of Western Ontario, the survey will be administered throughout a number of communities in southwestern Ontario.
He also updated council on a new direction for the Taste of Huron website, in partnership with Community Futures Huron, in an effort to create a “one-stop shop” for all things food in Huron County.
The site will include information on farmers’ markets, producer and processor profiles, access to online ordering, industry and consumer information and a guide to where to buy, eat and support food grown and produced in Huron County, according to the report.
Joudry said the site is expected to relaunch in late May, just in time for the beginning of the summer tourism season.
Joudry also said that the county’s annual Summer Company program is now accepting applications with a deadline of May 23.
The program caters to students between the ages of 15 and 29 who want to start their own business over the summer. It offers grants of up to $3,000 and business coaching throughout the summer to successful applicants.
The county is also continuing work on its housing demand survey, workforce development and housing projects, as well as the development of a new economic development indicator dashboard, which launched this month.