Cornwall ON – Skippy comes home from school. It was a very busy Grade 1 arts class and Skippy presents his parents with a picture. They gush, they guffaw; they place it with honour on the fridge and brag about it to all of their friends.
I live in Cornwall Ontario. I moved here nearly 7 years ago. I’m originally from Montreal, but would never live there again. I have lived and worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Iqualiut, upstate NY, and even Los Angeles.
Recently there was an article in the Globe and Mail about Dreambuilder Studios. Well it was more about Incubator businesses, but the writer used Dreambuilder in Cornwall as an example of a remote success.
DreambuilderStudios is among a growing number of creative incubators emerging across Canada, as economists espouse the idea that prosperity lies in developing creative economic clusters and rural communities continue to take action against the impacts of manufacturing jobs migrating to lower-cost countries.
I’m not sure if the writer of the story actually visited and verified his statement, but incubators are very very important and a key to development all over the world.
Working together at all levels always gets really good results. I know we here at the Cornwall Free News and Seawayradio.com have worked with many companies to help achieve our growth and that of our partners such as KAV Productions.
However what’s most interesting were the comments connected to that story. LINK
As you can see in the comments we here in Cornwall have a lot of work to do to change the perspective that some seem to have of our city which now boasts cleaner air than in some provincial parks. Whose beautiful river and waterfront are on the cusp of development, and a city whose management has led to remarkable growth during a world wide recession.
Those are things that we all here in Cornwall can be quite proud of. Yes, the Globe and Mail story does generate some well placed guffaws. Dream Builder or any company will have to actually achieve success to be considered “Hollywood North” but they have planted seeds. They have the opportunity to perhaps grow them, and if one day they do achieve content that people truly enjoy that will attract positive attention and more growth for our industry here in Cornwall. I know while I was considering working with them I spoke with a few productions companies in the US and Canada as well as an Oscar winning director about considering a shoot here, and the reactions weren’t all negative.
I mean, you have a waterfront city less than 45 minutes from Montreal; less than 90 minutes from Ottawa, a zip down the 401 from Toronto with a US major crossing. You have low cost power. You have still ridiculously low cost per square foot for real estate both residential and commercial, and you have a very strong and experienced workforce. Clearly those factors are leading to booms locally as new businesses flock to the city.
Cornwall also has a strong music scene and a surprisingly strong theatre and arts scene happening which has led to strong discussion about a Cultural centre being created.
For me the glass is a bit more than half full. As the owner of a small business that has thrived and grown while focusing on the local scene without depending on National ads or randomly placed internet ads I can tell you that magical things can happen in this community.
I know I’d invite any business person to check out our community, and be personally happy to give them a tour of the city where you can still get from on point to another in less than 10 minutes. Compare that to gridlock during rush hour in any major city.