Robert Laporte was invited to meet with Economic Development officers at the recent Economic Developers Council of Ontario 55th Annual Conference and Showcase in Toronto. Robert met several of Ontario’s Economic Development Directors, Officers and managers of the CFDC offices and was able to introduce the Neutopia business model and how it benefits communities.
Robert also had the opportunity to meet with Paul Blais and Brock Dickinson, Principals of Millier Dickinson Blais, who were sponsors of the event, as well as representatives from some of northern Ontario’s funding agencies. They seemed very keen on learning more about the pioneering community economic development initiatives that we are planning in North America and also to help establish alliances.
Robert discussed Neutopia’s current projects and how we can create a community enhancement plan based on our innovative Neutopia ecoPARK & Green Community Partnership Program™. We explained our estimates are such that for every month a community waits to join the program they are losing out on more than $100,000, a very strong motivator to join our program. Several of Ontario’s Economic Development managers were interested in receiving more information and learning how their communities can participate in our program, which is currently focused on establishing a Neutopia Green Community region along the highway 11 corridor.