King Township has developed a strategy to ensure the vitality of the commercial core of Schomberg's Main Street.
In 2018, King was successful in receiving $50,000 in partnership funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Rural Economic Development (RED) program. This program funds projects that stimulate economic growth in Ontario’s rural communities by helping to grow the local economy and remove barriers to economic development.
In 2021, King Township received an additional $69,702 in funding through Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program. Thanks in part to this funding, the Township is able to undertake the actions in the Schomberg Main Street Revitalization Strategy which will attract investments, businesses, and local partners that will diversify the local economy, bring jobs into the community, and provide easier access to services for local residents.
The outcome of this strategy study will include activities to grow the Main Street economy and remove barriers to economic development. Some examples include:
- attracting investment
- creating jobs
- supporting entrepreneurs
These scope of this project covers the research, community consultation and strategy development for Main Street. It does not include capital projects such as infrastructure.
Schomberg Main Street Revitalization Strategy RED Project - Progress Report
Strategy Subject Area
The study area includes all properties on Main Street from Church Street to Dr. Kay Drive. It also include 1,6,& 7 Church Street, the old Arena and the Agricultural Fairgrounds.
All of the surveys and studies for the strategy have been completed.
These include a resident survey, business depth interviews and surveys, a parking study and Main Street's Trade area analysis.
Learning from each of these has been posted to the project page.