Invest in Gravenhurst - Town of Gravenhurst

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Known as the Gateway to Muskoka, Gravenhurst offers a prime geographical location, solid infrastructure and natural beauty and work-life balance.


Located less than two hours north of Toronto, Gravenhurst is the permanent home of approximately 13,000 residents and grows to 27,000 who live seasonally in Gravenhurst and saw over 4 million additional visitors.

Gravenhurst honours the historic vision of the past but continues to grow into the future. The community vibrant in arts, culture and heritage while incorporating modern lifestyle and conveniences - there is something for everyone.

We understand that much of our success and growth comes from within; retaining and expanding our current businesses is a priority.  However, new investment sparks creatively and energy which balances tried and true pillars of our community. 

For More information on doing business in Gravenhurst contact: Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic at 705-687-3412 Ext. 280 or Jeff.Loney@gravenhurst.ca

Arial view of Muskoka Warf in Gravenhurst

Location, Infrastructure & Work Force

Our unique location puts us at the crossroads of Muskoka and simcoe County, along Hwy 11.  Infrastructure including high speed and transportation and our diverse workforce allow employers from Gravenhurst the ability access and thrive in local, regional and international markets.   

 

Easy Access to Customer Markets
  • Just over 90 minutes to Toronto.
  • Home of the Muskoka Airport, recently renovated and expanded.
  • Easy access to Highway 400 directly adjacent to Highway 11.
Connected Community
 
  • Widespread access to high speed Internet, 100% in our urban core
  • Fibre-to-the-home, Canada's fastest Internet is coming to Gravenhurst
 Utility Services
  • Veridian provides safe, easy and reliable electrical service to the Town of Gravenhurst
  • Natural Gas service is provided by Union Gas, with rates adjusted four times annually
  • Water and Wastewater services are administered by the District of Muskoka.

Workforce

  • Close proximity to college and university campuses located in Bracebridge, Huntsville, Orillia and Barrie provides skilled and eager employees in a number of sectors. 
  • There are a number of employer benefits in hiring students.  As seasonal population grows during peak season, there is a dynamic pool of workers looking for temporary employment to assist you.
  • Gravenhurst is also home to the Ontario Fire College.

 

canoeing at dusk on quiet lake muskoka

Lifestyle and Community

Why work and live anywhere else?  Gravenhurst offers you the opportunity to have it all.  Innovative entrepreneurs are settling in Gravenhurst because they value work-life balance and can do the same business as in a big city right from their lakefront cottage.

 

 4 Season Recreation
  • Km's of Hiking and Biking trails, public parks, lifeguarded beaches and lakes to explore.
  • Prime area for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other winter sports.
  • New recreational facilities including arena with community programming delivered year-round.
  • Two world-class golf courses (rated among the top 100 in Canada).
 Arts and Culture
 
  • The Gravenhurst Opera House is your one-stop shop for entertainment
  • From galleries to art cooperatives, many Muskoka artists call Gravenhurst home
  • Festivals and events that make Muskoka the destination of choice are held in Gravenhurst.
  • Thousands of people come to Gravenhurst annually for these events.

 

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Investment Opportunities, Funding & Business Support Services

In Gravenhurst we strive to make you feel like part of the community before you even get here. The Economic Development Department is committed to making your move here as quick and easy as possible. The following are some of the ways we can support your move to Gravenhurst.

 Site Selection Services & Available Property

Gravenhurst has a diverse set of available lands and buildings. We keep our Available Property database up-to-date at all times to ensure ease of use when searching for your ideal location.   We can offer value for your investment dollars over current rates of large municipalities.

We are happy to provide you with assistance in choosing your new business location, working with you from concept to closing to ensure the right fit.  This includes liaison services with internal staff and external community partners and services. 

 ZERO Commercial & Industrial Development Charges

In August, 2014, Town Council made a commitment to create a competitive advantage for the community by eliminating non-residential development charges. The District of Muskoka has also reduced their development charges by 50% to $1.53 a sq. ft.

This will save investors of new and expanding Comerica and industrial developments developments thousands of dollars.

 Downtown Community Improvement Plan
A wide variety of grants are available to property and business owners whose buildings are found in the Community Improvement Area (CIP). Council's commitment to the program was demonstrated when available funds were doubled in 2014 from the previous year.
 Business Retention and Expansion
At the Town of Gravenhurst every business is important to us. Whether you are a small retail store or an international corporation, we are here to help you grow in Gravenhurst.
 Data Services
When looking to start a new business it is important to know your market. The Town of Gravenhurst can provide local demographics and trends to help get your business started.
 Business Marketing
We are committed to providing every business in town with a listing in our business directory. This not only provides business and online presence but also offers free advertising on the Town of Gravenhurst's website. With 2500 searches a month, this is a valuable resource.