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Invest Barrie

This portfolio brings together several departments to provide a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to investment in the city.

Creative Economy Department

The Creative Economy Department works to create a vibrant, economically diverse City, in which business innovation, high-growth start-ups, creativity and culture can thrive, by

  • Fostering the development and growth of creative and knowledge-based industries such as technology through a variety of programs, services and strategic projects;
  • Organizing and supporting community events such as Celebrate Barrie and Downtown Countdown;
  • Managing and growing the use of key venues including the Five Points TheatreGeorgian Theatre, and Meridian Place;
  • Collaborating with the Business Development Department on key strategic programs such as implementation of the downtown creative hub strategy (e.g. growing innovation-based businesses in the downtown).

Business Development Department

The Business Development department has four primary service areas to contribute to the Economic Development Strategy for Invest Barrie: 

  • Attraction and facilitation of new business investment, helping employers access the business opportunities of Central Ontario’s economic engine
  • Site selection for new land development opportunities
  • Support for the retention, growth and expansion of the City’s existing businesses 
  • Encourage and promote the creation of new Barrie-based enterprises, including start-ups and small business services, by supporting entrepreneurs with services such as the The Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County & Orillia and the Barrie Entrepreneurs Connect portal. 

Lake Simcoe Regional Airport

The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) is one of the newest and best positioned regional airport facilities in Canada.  With its modern airport facilities, the LSRA is able to serve a wide variety of aircraft.  Fully serviced by the Canada Border Service Agency, the airport maintains a Commercial Port-Of-Entry status, which allows the airport to accommodate both international passengers and freight.  The LSRA property is situated on 240 hectares and offers 58 hectares (142 acres) of serviced and un-serviced land available for airside commercial development opportunities and a further 24 hectares (60 acres) available for non-aviation development.

Downtown City Centre

Creating a vibrant and healthy city centre is a priority for Invest Barrie, a place that will greatly enhance the quality of life of residents and contribute to the economic development of the community. The vision for the downtown is a creative hub that drives prosperity, a place where arts, entertainment and business connect through innovation.   

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