About a dozen Champlain Township residents took the opportunity to tune in to an online presentation of the municipality’s proposed Strategic Plan on Wednesday, May 12.

Jordan Tidey, Senior Consultant with MDB Insight, hosted the one-hour-long bilingual public forum on the Zoom platform to discuss with residents their concerns and insights regarding Champlain Township’s vision and mission for the coming years. Tidey was assisted by business consultant Martin Lacelle of Vankleek Hill.

Tidey shared an update on the project, going through the mission statement and objectives of the strategic plan and pausing at various parts of the presentation for feedback from those watching. There were only a few questions as the meeting was being live streamed, with several participants expressing their views on the need to improve high speed internet connections in the township.

Other subjects which drew comments from participants were the environment and the need to attract new industry to the region, as well as skilled workers.

“How do we make sure we are attracting folks with the skill sets to make our businesses thrive, beyond just adding more residents?” Tidey said.

Tidey noted that development of industry and business is an important objective for the township and noted there is competition in the region from other municipalities who also want to attract companies to help boost their tax coffers.

“If you look at the region as a whole, we do have some competitors nearby that have industrial land that’s ready to go,” Tidey said. “There are definitely some opportunities there and it resonates with what we’ve been hearing so far.”

A video of the public forum can be found on Champlain Township’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSMggQrosWg&t=72s . The meeting had accumulated 70 views as of Monday, May 17.

Anyone who missed the meeting and wishes to provide input can send their opinions to MDB Insight through Jordan Tidey via email at [email protected] or to Martin Lacelle at [email protected] .

A total of 290 completed resident surveys were received by MDB Insight on the Strategic Plan, including 84 from businesses in the township.

Information on the Champlain Township Strategic Plan can be found on the township’s website at www.champlain.ca.