CBC Windsor's municipal affairs columnist, Cheryl Collier, says the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation "lacks stability."

The corporation is currently without a CEO. It's had seven in the past nine years.

Collier said there is "no stable vision at the top" of the corporation.

Not all is bad, though, Collier said.

"It has actually won some recognition outside of the city for doing some good work," Collier said. "When you look at it comparatively [to other economic development corporations], it’s had some difficulty over the last little while."

Collier said there are three pillars the corporation should be focussing on.

  • Being "a growth machine."
  • Knowledge mobilization.
  • Social sustainability.

It's succeeding, she said, at one of them.

Collier said the local corporation has done well at attracting business and selling region.

However, it's not doing as well being a liaison with St. Clair College and the University of Windsor in an effort to "mobilize knowledge" and foster business through the schools.

Collier said the corporation also needs to focus on neighbourhood improvement and get people involved

"That takes a lot more effort," Collier said.

Cheryl Collier is a professor of political science at the University of Windsor. She can be be heard on the Early Shift with Tony Doucette at 8:14 a.m. on Mondays. Tune in to 97.5 FM or listen live online at www.cbc.ca/Windsor.

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