WHAT THE HECK IS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER?
Whether big city or small town, economic development is key for building healthy, sustainable communities. The community of Carman is no exception. Its economic development activities seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for residents and businesses by creating and retaining jobs, and supporting and growing incomes and the tax base.
As the Economic Development Officer for the Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin, it is Tyler King’s job to make this happen. Tyler is involved with many aspects of promoting and attracting residents and businesses to Carman. He describes part of his role as “assisting existing and potential business owners with getting the resources they need to create or grow their business.” Simply put, he is a conduit for the local business community, and his office has the ability and resources to support, encourage and advise local businesses.
While chatting about these different resources, Tyler explains how what he provides varies greatly depending on the type of business. For example, “If you are interested in agricultural research I can provide you with a list of farmers who might be willing to collaborate, or if you are a retail shop I can help you with location and zoning and connecting you with people. If you are an agricultural manufacturing company I can point you towards our industrial parks. The scope is very wide.”
Yet, no matter the business, Tyler confirms that the top three reasons he hears from business owners as to why they set up shop in Carman are, “location, access to workers, and the affordability of the area where they have set up.”
Located in the heart of Canada, Carman is in close proximity to the U.S. border and a network of high-density communities. This is particularly why the two industrial parks are so attractive for new businesses. “Our location allows easy access to all major national and international transportation corridors,” explains Tyler. “And both the Town of Carman and RM of Dufferin Industrial Parks offer well-serviced spaces and support.” The parks are one of the many reasons why Carman has recently experienced somewhat of an economic boom. And, the construction of over $16,000,000 of building value in the two industrial parks was secured by the economic development office.
But Tyler’s work doesn’t stop there. He also sits on the board of both the Central Manitoba Tourism Association and Community Futures Heartland. The former focuses on project development and implementation, while the latter assists with business development through partnerships. Though these organizations, he contributes expertise to help other Manitoba communities, as well as Carman, sustain and improve communities, and grow their local economies. And, when it comes to business growth, Carman is only looking up.
If you would like more information on economic opportunities in Carman, please contact Tyler King in the Economic Development Office at:
Box 160, Carman ROG OJO