Reinventing the rural economy

An economic alliance is growing in the sandy areas of Southwestern Ontario where tobacco once reigned.

“We’re trying to reinvent the rural economy,” Aylmer Mayor Bob Habkirk said yesterday, just before Middlesex County council endorsed turning the Southern Central Ontario Region (SCOR) into an incorporated not-for-profit body.

The intent is to make sure about one million hectares of agricultural land regains its spot as one of the most fertile economic drivers in the region.

The partnership that has approved the group’s new strategic plan includes Middlesex, Norfolk, Elgin and Brant counties, with Oxford’s official endorsement expected today. All five partners have been working towards SCOR’s incorporation for a little more than a year.
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