Brome-Missisquoi, November 5, 2020. The Centre local de développement (CLD) of Brome-Missisquoi is launching its new agri-food strategic plan for the years 2021 to 2023. Elaborated during the summer with the participation of a group of entrepreneurs, this new plan aims at making Brome-Missisquoi’s overall agri-food ecosystem more resilient.

“Climate changes, the COVID-19 pandemic and our shortage of manpower are only a few of the challenges agri-food sector businesses must face. Our uncertain times highlight the need to evolve when facing these global changes by developing stronger approaches, especially for our food system. This is what we want to work on with our new plan.” explains Sylvie Beauregard, president of the CLD and mayor of Cowansville.

With the present plan, the CLD supports the region’s deep roots in matters of innovation and sustainable agriculture. The strategies and actions being put forth will be deployed via four pillars in order to sustain and develop the territory’s agri-food sector and its nutritional autonomy: business development and sustainability, cohesion among the stakeholders and the sector’s current popularity. These last two pillars are particularly relevant in the present context. They will allow Brome-Missisquoi to reinforce its feeding and innovating identity as well as the feeling of belonging to the territory. This collaboration generating element will act as a lever for the region’s economic recovery and vitality.

 

Between Continuity and Innovation

This new plan is part of the continuing efforts deployed during the implementation of the CLD’s first strategic plan, in 2018. During this period of economic recovery, our development organization hopes to give itself a vision and a strategic plan to sustain businesses and see the region’s agri-food sector’s exceptional character radiate all around.

“Brome-Missisquoi’s agri-food sector, with its 1,100 businesses, is one of our most solid economic engines. It’s also a strong identity trait for our region.” states Sylvie Beauregard.

Le CLD wishes therefore to continue accompanying businesses with their development and expansion projects promote partnerships between the sector’s different stakeholders and increase the feelings of pride and belonging with regard to Brome-Missisquoi’s agri-food sector as it showcases its distinctive traits.

 

An invitation to mobilization

This plan was conceived as a tool to unite all the area’s stakeholders around the same meaningful vision. “Brome-Missisquoi is a nurturing MRC with an entrepreneurial flavour. Nurturing through the abundance of its local, proximity food offer, but also for our rich terroir and the quality of living we find here. It’s an invitation that we’re extending to municipalities, our partners, businesses and citizens to combine our efforts and work together for a strong agri-food sector which we can be proud of.” concludes Sylvie Beauregard.

To consult the 2021–2023 Agri-food sector strategic plan

 

Source:

Leslie Carbonneau
Conseillère en développement agroalimentaire, CLD de Brome-Missisquoi
Tél.: 450 266-4928, poste 225
lcarbonneau@cldbm.qc.ca