A fresh look at Norfolk’s economic direction was on the agenda of CAO Jason Burgess when he accepted the position in February.
This examination has taken on new urgency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic disruptions it has created locally, in Ontario and around the world.
A potential way forward will come to Norfolk council when Burgess tables a report in June.
Burgess will recommend convening a master panel of half a dozen individuals who will weigh and assess findings and recommendations from a number of subcommittees under the headings of agriculture, real estate and development, tourism, and other key sectors of the Norfolk economy.
The working title of this arrangement is the “Norfolk County Economic Recovery Task Force.”
“It comes from a personal philosophy of partnering with groups and individuals rather than the county trying to run a program,” Burgess said Thursday. “If you put money on the table, the hope is you wind up with a better result.”