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Spend This Summer on the Green 

EmployerOne Survey Results

OFA Producing Prosperity

Read About us in the News

20th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Agriculture Forum Discussion

2018 Agriculture Tour

Calendar of Events

Spend This Summer on the Green

Twin Streams, the eighteen-hole golf course located at 3481 Carriage Road in Delaware, is all about community. Management encourages patrons to embrace the Twin Streams mantra, “come in, enjoy, relax and let us serve you… and remember you are here to play, so again, relax and enjoy!” When asking the new management what made them want to run a golf course, Jen Boere, General Manger at Twin Streams noted that it was always a bit of joke between her and her husband, Jeff, that when he retired, Jeff would want a job cutting grass at a golf course to keep busy. When the couple heard a rumor that the previous owners at Twin Streams Golf Course were looking to retire from the business, they decided to pursue the opportunity, as the course was a place that their entire family had enjoyed over the years. The Boere family joined in partnership with the Bower family (who have a history working at the golf course) determined to make it the Twin Streams that everyone in the area knew and loved since they were kids. Both families were familiar with the love that the previous owners had shown the course and they wanted to show it the same affection. While the Boeres and Bowers have been consistent in creating a welcoming community environment, they have also been able to incorporate some of their own new ideas. New leagues, a renovated clubhouse, and an expanded menu, have been warmly embraced. The ability to offer a warm and welcoming environment is made possible by the new and the loyal staff at Twin Streams. Jen mentions that “without them, you would not see the Twin Streams mantra come true.”

Embracing this mantra, Twin Streams encourages visitors of different abilities and ages to visit the course. Through a partnership developed between Longwoods Golf Centre, Twin Streams is able to provide lessons for all ages, summer junior camps, and club fitting and gripping. They also make sure it is affordable for local youth by offering junior golfers half price golf at any time with no restrictions. For visitors looking to join a league or event nights, there are a variety of options, such as ladies nine-hole league on Tuesday evenings and a mixed social on Wednesday evenings. One of the most popular events has been their monthly ‘Nine and Dine,’ held on Friday evenings. For $35 you get nine holes of golf with a cart followed by a lovely meal.

When asked about the food options that are available at Twin Streams, Jen mentions that the fish and chips have been a big hit. Offering daily specials and diverse menu options available, Twin Streams is always looking for new ways to incorporate exciting things. Last year to celebrate the course’s 60th anniversary, a Twin Streams Lager was introduced which was brewed locally by Railway City

At Twin Streams, tournaments are held that benefit the community and local charities, and the Boere and Bower families are determined to provide customized events that are specific to their customer needs so your unique ideas are welcome. For interest in booking the venue for an event or tournament contact the Proshop at 519-652-5211 or by email twinstreams@gmail.com. Tee times can be booked online through www.twinstreamsgolf.com/book-a-tee-time  or on www.tee-on.com.

When asked about the experience that they have loved the most so far Jen explains “seeing the revitalization of the course and clubhouse as well as making so many new friends” has been the most rewarding.  And for Jeff, he has had his dream come true… with endless grass to cut; being able to put his headphones on and just drive.

Employer One Survey Results

The results are in! Brought to you by Local Employment Planning Council, Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board, Work Trends, and Government of Ontario, the EmployerOne Survey is an investigation tool designed to tap into the local labour demand issues. 

The survey highlights local employers surveyed, hiring, demographics of places of employment, professional development and training and more. This survey comes out each January and local employers are always welcomed to participate. In 2018, 324 usable surveys were collected in London's Economic Region from which 66 were from Middlesex not including London. Click here to see the results! 

OFA Producing Prosperity

 Ontario's agri-food sector is the leading economy driver for the province, currently contributing $13.7 billion to Ontario's annual GDP. Ontario Federation of Agriculture has a plan to enhance these opportunities through Producing Prosperity in Ontario through promoting the investment in Ontario's agri-food sector to help in stimulating economic growth. OFA's Producing Prosperity sees that economic investments in agri-business in Ontario will work to create jobs, secure a local and sustainable food system and help in producing solutions for the challenges faced by rural and urban communities such as the availability of affordable communities. In order to do this, investment in agri-business and rural communities to support these sustainability of these systems. To support agri-food in Ontario, rural communities require investments in natural gas, transportation infrastructure, broadband, and schools. To learn more about how economic investments across Ontario will boost the economy for Ontarians in urban and rural areas visit producingprosperity.ca

Read About us in the News! 

Middlesex County has been featured in Businessview Magazine's April issue. This feature takes a look at Middlesex County and the different reasons you would want to invest in this area. There are four major economic drivers that keep the County thriving being agriculture and agri-food; manufacturing; tourism; and small business and entrepreneurship. Middlesex County can be found on pages 126 to 131. Click here to view the feature and see why you should be investing in Middlesex County! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

20th Annual Business Excellence Awards

It's that time of year again! The Strathroy Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their 2018 Business Excellence Awards. The gala will be on Thursday, October 25 at the Strathroy Portuguese Canadian Club. It's an opportunity to honour and recognize Chamber members and local businesses for their efforts and contributions to the community. The five award categories include Commonwealth Financial Business Excellence Award, Main Street Credit Union Small Business of the Year Award, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc Business Beautification Award, SMGH Foundation Charitable Award, and Libro Credit Union Agribusiness Award. Email info@sdcc.on.ca to submit your nominations by August 17, 2018. Click here for more information and to access the award nomination form. 

Agriculture Forum Discussion

This year's Agriculture Forum raised lots of great topical discussion points. Did you know that agri-business represents more than one quarter of all enterprises within Middlesex County? Annual Agriculture Forums are held as an opportunity to assess the current state of agricultural enterprises within Middlesex County by bringing together stakeholders within the industry to participate in round table discussions. This year, approximately forty participants gathered on April 18th, 2018 to discuss agri-business in Middlesex County; identifying perceived advantages and disadvantages within the agri-business sector and strategies that could be used to improve the industry. The summary report on what we heard at the 2018 Middlesex County Agriculture Forum is now available. Click here to read more about the current trends, opportunities, and experiences within the agri-business industry.

2018 Agri-Business Tour

On Wednesday June 27th, Invest in Middlesex will be hosting their 2018 Agri-Business Tour. The tour will be featuring local agri-businesses and a local lunch will be provided. Tickets are limited, sign up quickly to reserve your spot on the tour.

 

 

 

 

Calendar of Events

It's summer time and there are lots of events and activities happening in the County. Check out our Visit Middlesex Calendar of Events to see what's coming up! Do you have an event you would like advertised on our website calendar of events? Email us at info@visitmiddlesex.ca with event information and any flyers or photos.