Fall2016TillsonburgNewsletter

B U I L D I N G B U S I N E S S B E T T E R

Future Oxford Expo set to return in 2017 Following a successful showcase of sustainability in Oxford last year, the

New Centre strengthens Area’s Advanced Manufacturing Capability

Leaders of Oxford Student Competition will see local students pitching ideas in a Dragon’s Den style competition, aimed at achieving objectives from the Future Oxford Plan. More details on the competition, guest speakers and other Expo details will be announced in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, the Future Oxford Expo is actively seeking vendors and sponsorship for next year’s event. Those interested should visit www.futureoxford.ca/expo for more details. The Future Oxford Sustainability Plan sets out the community’s vision for how to manage community, environmental and economic resources for Oxford County’s future growth and wellbeing.

Future Oxford Expo is being planned for April 20, 2017. The second annual Future Oxford Expo will once again be held at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock. The day-long event is free to the public and is an opportunity to get a first- hand look at current success stories and leadership being taken on sustainable initiatives in Oxford, while getting a glimpse of what the future has in store. The Expo features vendors, exhibitors and community programs along the theme of sustainability. A captivating line-up of guest speakers is in the works once again, and a new student competition will be featured at this year’s event. The Future

The newly opened Canadian Centre for Product Validation offers a “one-of- a-kind” resource for businesses in the Greater Tillsonburg Area and throughout Southwestern Ontario. As an innovation hub, CCPV’s goal is to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization through product validation. The multi- modal facility offers a comprehensive suite of electrical, mechanical, environmental, thermal and performance tests. The centre also offers proto-typing space as well as six “hoteling” offices for clients who need to be onsite to develop their product. The centre is also available for international companies looking to refine their products for the North American marketplace. Please visit www.ccpv.ca for more information.

Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar (centre right) celebrates the return of the Tiltran brand to the area as a result of Spark Power’s purchase of the company. Spark Power is an integrated energy company that offers renewable energy projects, operation and maintenance and medium to high voltage infrastructure services. For more info, please visit: www.tiltran.ca. With Mayor Molnar are Paul Krupicz (Tiltran), Cephas Panschow (Town of Tillsonburg), Ernie Vidovic (formerly with Tiltran), Mayor Molnar, Jason Sparaga (Spark Power) and David Minor (Spark Power).

Key Stats

Data sources: Oxford County data are estimates by Metro Economics while Elgin, Middlesex & Oxford counties data is CANSIM, Table 282-0122, 3-month moving average, unadjusted for seasonality

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

SEP. 2015

SEP. 2016

Oxford County

6.2% 6.7%

7.0% 6.4%

Elgin, Middlesex, & Oxford Counties

Visit Tillsonburg’s newest store, the Fox and Fawn, downtown at 93 Broadway! They offer antiques, collectibles, and Home Décor items.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

NOV. 2015 (YTD)

NOV. 2016 (YTD)

% DIFFERENCE

Average House Price

$233,726

$247,429

+5.9%

*Information Courtesy of Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board

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