City and Georgian College form partnership to support local business through COVID recovery

College's business wing being tapped to identify ways to support locals

The City of Barrie has inked a new deal with Georgian College expected to help aid COVID-19 recovery for businesses and entrepreneurs.

The new partnership with the college’s Department of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is expected to support companies in streamlining their processes with advanced technology. It is also hoped the agreement will help local business increase revenues by identifying and developing new markets and opportunities. This new program will also focus on helping businesses source skilled workers through co-op placements.

“This partnership will help prepare Barrie’s economy long-term in a time of national and global uncertainty” says Stephannie Schlichter, Director of Economic and Creative Development. “The funding will activate programs and resources that will directly support businesses, building on the existing economic recovery work we’ve completed already in response to the pandemic.”

The City of Barrie approved committing $75,000 in new municipal funding for this one-year pilot program.