By Howaida Sorour-Roberts
Barely hours into her new job, Stacie Lloyd sat down with Hometown news to introduce herself and her goals as the new regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation.
“I really feel like I’m coming back to my roots, my passion — because 15 years ago I worked in economic development with Mississippi Mills, so I’m familiar with the environment of local politics and volunteer committees, and I really love that,” said Lloyd.
Originally a geography graduate with a specialization in Economic Development, the mother of three and county resident has spent her career working with or in business for the past 20 years.
“As a commercial lender with RBC I was involved in developing partnerships and learning about industry specialization,” said Lloyd.
Before that, Lloyd spent 10 years in market development with Canica Design, a research and development company specializing in medical products that was launched by Leonard Lee the creator of Lee Valley Tools.
Lloyd believes that both roles have added to her skill set, giving her skills that will be very handy in her new position with Valley Heartland. “Part of my job is going to be to establish what the regional economic development officer’s role and tasks will be,” she explains.
The role is a part of Valley Heartland’s mandate of community economic development. To build on that mandate Lloyd says she’ll be getting out to meet with the area’s municipal economic development officers and chief administrative officers to gain an understanding of their priorities and strategic goals so she can find the best ways to work together and partner with them to further those goals.
Valley Heartland has always been a tremendous resource to area businesses since it inception. The federally-funded organization is uniquely mandated to disburse loans start-up businesses and those looking to expand operations. They also offer business counseling and mentoring of the kind that helps new and growing businesses connect with and grow their networks and expertise.
A long time resident of the area, Lloyd is deeply invested in the region already and brings a strong understanding of the challenges many area municipalities face in terms of employment and growth.
“Lets look at what we have in common as a region and what are the unique elements in each municipality and let’s focus on those,” she said.
An avid outdoorswoman who loves canoeing and horseback riding, Llyod is committed to finding collaborative approaches to economic development in her mandated region of Lanark County and North Leeds.
“I’m pretty excited about the idea of working with people with different ideas and perceptions of their area,” she concluded.
Stacie Lloyd, has just taken on the job of regional economic development officer at Valley Heartland CFDC. Approachable and personable, Lloyd will be responsible for furthering the economic development interests of Lanark County and North Leeds. Photo Credit: Howaida Sorour-Roberts.