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Making Waves

Welcoming Newcomers To Grey County

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By Ross Kentner

Kudos to Grey County for its New to Grey initiative.  We're putting out the welcome mat for newcomers, particularly new Canadians, many of whom are highly skilled professionals.  

It's a misconception that we need more jobs.  Savanna Myers, Grey County's Economic Development Manager says, our first challenge is not jobs, it's people.  Our first problem is finding enough people to fill the jobs we already have, let alone the jobs that are coming.  Our second challenge is retention...keeping people.  The most in-demand jobs in Grey County today center around technicians and engineers.  But we also need more qualified people in health care, our biggest economic driver.  The same is true for agriculture and tourism. 

So we're reaching out to let newcomers know that Grey County is a highly desirable place to live.  Part of the strategy is to enlist recent immigrants to our area to assure potential newcomers that Grey County has opportunities for breadwinners and their families.  We are a very welcoming community and we don't have to look any farther than a local business directory for examples of people who were once new to Canada, who have built successful businesses and contributed significantly to our community. 

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