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Report: Expand Georgian Downs

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Published: January 20, 2011 2:13 pm ET

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A recently-completed draft of the 'Inspiring Innisfil 2020' report compiled by McSweeney and Associates has recommended that a major new attraction, such as a resort-style hotel and recreational complex, should be discussed with Great Canadian Gaming Corp. for Georgian Downs.

"Innisfil is going to change in the next 20 years, through population expansion, changing immigration patterns, continued urban encroachment, and growing demands on land use," McSweeney and Associates consultant Eric McSweeney was quoted as saying in an article by The Innisfil Scope. "The town is not ready for these significant shifts. Innisfil really doesn't have a cohesive identity. That has worked to the detriment of Innisfil over the last several years. We should see that manifest itself in some sort of visual or graphic identity."

In addition to the call for complex at Georgian Downs, the report's proposed recommendations include the town hiring an economic development officer; establishing an arts council and tourism network; creating a port along the Lake Simcoe shoreline; aiding the transition to a 'green' economy, and to work more co-operatively with the province, Barrie, other local municipalities and the owners of the Big Bay Point Resort.

To view a copy of the report draft, click here.

(With files from The Innisfil Scope)


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