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OFFMA Members’ Local Food Familiarization Tour – GTA
OFFMA Members’ Local Food Familiarization Tour – GTA
T3 Accelerator Program
T3 Accelerator Program
The Tourist Gaze – Dingle, Peninsula, Ireland

Framing tourism and place making based on a set of expectations tourists place in search of an “authentic” experience

The Tourist Gaze – Dingle, Peninsula, Ireland
On-farm Resiliency – New Tecumseth
On-farm Resiliency – New Tecumseth
Education and Entertainment with Agritourism – Niagara Region
Education and Entertainment with Agritourism – Niagara Region

Rural Economic Development

We understand the value of farming, agriculture and outdoor recreational-based enterprises to the social, cultural and economic fabric of vibrant rural communities in Ontario. Lead by Dr. Suzanne Ainley, each rural economic development (RED) project we engage in starts by bringing together a customized team to respond effectively to the unique goals and objectives of the project. Our RED teams are a collaboration of highly-experienced specialists and sub-consultants from our extensive network. Our areas of specialization include:

  • Agritourism
  • Community economic development
  • Rural entrepreneurship & small business ecosystems
  • Rural tourism & the visiting economy

Our aim is to provide exceptional and cost-effective research, planning and development solutions for our provincial, municipal and non-profit sector clients, providing them with final products and practical strategies to foster resilient and vibrant rural businesses and communities.

Our rural economic development capabilities include:

  • BR+E support and data analysis
  • Community-based research
  • Community economic development planning
  • Community capacity building
  • Feasibility studies
  • Grant writing & report preparation
  • Market research
  • Project management & coordination
  • Small business development & entrepreneurship
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Stakeholder facilitation & engagement
  • Tourism experience & product development
  • Visitor intelligence & profiles
  • Qualitative, quantitative & mixed methods research

To discuss your project or for further information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Ainley, Senior Consultant, Rural Economic Development at sue@ainleygroup.com.