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FORT ERIE AND ST. CATHARINES JOIN FORCES
IN RECRUITING FINNISH BUSINESS

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, September 15, 2005 - Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop and St. Catharines Mayor Tim Rigby jointly announced today an initiative between their two communities on attracting Finnish companies to the area. Mayor Rigby explained that “Since 2001, the City of St. Catharines has put significant efforts toward recruiting Finnish companies. To date, we have successfully attracted six companies with another dozen expected to follow. By partnering with Fort Erie, we believe we can continue to build that momentum.”

The Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Corporation will be contributing $10,000 to the joint marketing program with St. Catharines which Mayor Redekop believes will enhance the spectrum of business opportunities in the Town. “We recognize we need to build the long-term linkages necessary to grow certain sectors, so we were very pleased by St. Catharines’ invitation to partner”.

The Finnish collaboration grew from the City of St. Catharines’ efforts to promote the City as the gateway to the North American marketplace for Finnish firms. Particular emphasis has been placed on electronics, automotive components, software development and biotechnology industries.

Chairperson of the Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Corporation, Herb McGirr, also supported the Corporation’s hands-on approach. “Having just yesterday launched the Niagara Development Corridor, this is an excellent example of the Partnership at work.”

“Logistically and geographically St. Catharines-Fort Erie is well positioned reaching two-thirds of North American customers within a one-day trip”, stated Jim Thibert, General Manager of the Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Corporation. Further, explained Brock Dickinson, St. Catharines Director of Economic Development & Tourism Services, “The culture in Canada is like a middle ground of that between the US and Finland, so our working together is logical.”

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Mr. James Thibert
General Manager
Fort Erie Economic Development
& Tourism Corporation
905-994-3031 / 905-871-1332
jthibert@forteriecanada.com

Mr. Brock Dickinson
Director
Economic Development & Tourism Services
City of St. Catharines
905-688-5600, extension 1700
bdckinson@stcatharines.ca