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April 25, 2018
Plans for Oxford County sustainability cluster take another step forward

County is seeking input and expressions of interest from community on design and operation of the new innovation centre


Oxford County is looking to hear from entrepreneurs, academics, start-ups and non-profits that may have some insight and guidance to contribute to Oxford’s sustainability cluster. To allow green business to thrive, individuals and businesses will help determine how the sustainability cluster should be designed, managed and used on a day-to-day basis.

Organizations or individuals interested in being a part of this opportunity are invited to attend the Idea Share focus group:

          Wednesday, May 2
          5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

          Woodstock Art Gallery
          449 Dundas Street, Woodstock

Visit the Speak Up, Oxford! page for more details and the Expression of Interest Guideline and application form 

Those not able to attend the Idea Share can still demonstrate an interest in occupying space in the sustainability cluster by filling out an online application that will be available April 30 at www.oxfordcounty.ca. Expressions of interest are due Monday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m. Whether it is a need for a small office or large research facility, all applications will be considered.  

Encompassing one city block around Courthouse Square in Woodstock, the sustainability cluster will offer 39,000 square feet of space between two buildings that will be ideal for research, innovative office space, meeting rooms and other public and private spaces. Once completed, this area will be a host for future innovation while enhancing and strengthening Oxford’s capacity, resiliency and community wellbeing in the long-term.

With Oxford County’s proximity to major cities, a blossoming technology sector and highly respected academic institutions, this is a perfect opportunity to work alongside the County to foster a sustainable environment, community and economy through ground-breaking innovation and creativity at the local level.

Along with Oxford County’s commitments to 100% Renewable Energy and Zero Waste, the structures within the sustainability cluster will abide by EnerPHit retrofit energy standards, further establishing the County and its partners as nation-wide leaders in sustainability.

The opportunity to establish a sustainability cluster is expected to bring a significant amount of talent to the community, with Oxford County working alongside future tenants and partners to illustrate a commitment to sustainable development and innovation for years to come.

Visit the Speak Up, Oxford! page for more details and the Expression of Interest Guideline and application form


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About Oxford County
 

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
 

Contact

Tommasina Conte | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3503 | tconte@oxfordcounty.ca

Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 | dkemp@oxfordcounty.ca    


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