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The Economic Development Office releases an annual print newsletter and bi-weekly e-newsletters, showcasing Economic Development news, available properties, market opportunities and upcoming workshops or training.

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Aug. 6, 2020 Paving the way in sustainable agriculture

July 22, 2020 York Region COVID-19 Business Impact and Recovery Survey Results

July 8, 2020 New Economic Recovery Team programs launched

June 9, 2020 Economic Recovery Team updates and Shop Local Georgina Day

May 22, 2020 New customer service hours at the Town of Georgina

May 7, 2020 Ontario Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction 

April 23, 2020 Georgina Emergency Response Benefit approved to assist businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19

April 9, 2020  Addressing concerns in response to COVID-19

March 26, 2020 COVID-19 business support

March 9, 2020 Changes to the timeframe it takes to issue site plan approval

Feb. 21, 2020 Georgina launches interactive business dashboard tool

Feb. 5, 2020 Development update

Jan. 15, 2020 World-renowned ice fishing in Georgina

Dec. 19, 2019 2019 Successes

Dec. 5, 2019 Six reasons to invest in Georgina

Nov. 21, 2019 Economic Development and Tourism's fall newsletter

Nov. 7, 2019  Impact of tourism on our economy
Oct. 17, 2019 Georgina's first Development Fee Rebate Fee applicant proceeds with expansion
Sept. 27, 2019 ClearWater Farm featured in Her Honour, the Lieutentant Govenor's first story about sustainability
Sept. 13, 2019 Town assisting businesses with planning and development process
Aug. 30, 2019 Field to Table event boosts agriculture in Georgina 
Aug. 16, 2019 Festival and event grant deadline
July 30, 2019 2018 Successes 
July 12, 2019 Georgina's new radio station
June 28, 2019 Downtown businesses to receive free online support
June 14, 2019 Georgina tops the list of locations to buy real estate in York Region
May 31, 2019 High-speed internet coming to rural Georgina
May 17, 2019 Economic Development announces new social media channel
May 3, 2019 2019/2020 Discover Georgina Guide Released

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Georgina Business Spotlight - Twig Garden and Co. in Uptown Keswick

Twig Garden & Co., nestled in Keswick’s up-and-coming downtown, epitomizes what it means to shop local. With more than 65 per cent of their store selling local artisan goods, they’ve created a name for themselves among the artist community and residents who are looking for unique finds.
The store opened in 2018 when Craig Reynolds, the owner of a landscaping business, decided to stop snow plowing in the winter season. The idea came to open the store because he valued his long-time employees Donah and Danielle, who now had free time in the winter, and because they saw an opportunity – something was missing in Georgina. 
The 2019 holiday season was twice as successful as 2018. Craig credits the success of the store solely to his team, which speaks to the culture they’ve created. Their team is all-in, putting in the extra touches like the music and atmosphere to the additional labour required to do inventory on all of their local artisan’s goods monthly. The appreciation from the artisan community and shoppers gives them pride in what they do and it shows. 
What do you think is Georgina’s appeal for small business investors?
“Georgina’s appeal is its small-town feel. Living near the lake allows you to enjoy all the recreation a lakeside town has to offer such as ice fishing, swimming or even a relaxing stroll along Lake Drive. Also, it’s seen as up-and-coming and the commute is short.”
What do you love to do in Georgina?
“Enjoying the lake is the first thing that comes to mind. Also, the diverse culinary options in town – there’s just so much to choose from. We really enjoy the Corner House Bistro – a fine dining restaurant here in Keswick. And, I love taking my nephew to the ROC for the day where he can get outdoors and practise his snowboarding skills.”
Craig and his team clearly love the work/life balance Georgina offers. They’re committed to local and community collaboration, which seems to be one of the key ingredients to their success. If you would like to visit their shop you can find them at 10 The Queensway S., in Keswick’s downtown. Visit their website at for more details.

Do you have a great idea that you think could thrive in Georgina? Is a work/life balance important to you? Contact Sean Columbus, Economic Development Officer at the Town of Georgina ( for market information, property availability and more. He’ll help guide you to success.