MAYORS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF NIAGARA DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR
FORT ERIE, Ontario, September 14, 2005 - The mayors of Welland, Fort Erie,
St. Catharines and Niagara Falls today announced the launch of the four-city
collaboration of the Niagara Development Corridor Partnership.
“St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Welland and Niagara Falls have parlayed their economic development services into a collaboration intended to take advantage of their communities’ synergies along the critically important QEW-406 Corridor”, explained Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop.
“We have four international crossings between the four communities represented
here today. The Peace Bridge is Canada’s second busiest and processes some $38 billion of trade annually. The importance therefore for our partners who share this strategic geographic advantage is undeniable for both the province of Ontario and state of New York.“
Welland Mayor Damian Goulbourne emphasized how the Niagara Development Corridor plays into the economic reinvention of the City of Welland. “By uniting with St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie, “ he explained, “we are maximizing
our shared strengths, ones that are attractive to new companies and residents alike: our manufacturing experience, our labour force and our quality of life. “
He continued, “We are excited about the prospects of collaborating and building upon the already active working relationships we have with Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Fort Erie.”
Represented by each of their community’s economic development professionals, the services of the Niagara Development Corridor Partnership will include supporting business through the site selection, planning and development process; assisting
existing business with expansion plans, investor, supplier and professional services; demographic, research and information for due diligence and business planning; collaborative marketing to targeted industries and geographic markets; and, lobbying all levels of government on issues that affect economic development.
“The needs of our business clients”, stated Mayor Ted Salci, “dictate an understanding not only of our respective communities but also The Niagara Development Corridor as a whole…what the Corridor has to offer not just to the business itself but also to relocating employees and their families. As you know, Fort Erie, St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls, are all wonderful places to call home”.
St. Catharines Mayor Tim Rigby stated “As the largest city in the Niagara Development Corridor Partnership, St. Catharines is uniquely positioned to attract and support growth in the highly competitive knowledge-based sector. Since we all need to be competitive and understand the global economy we all have got to be global players.”
Given the unique economic landscape of each municipality in the Niagara Development Corridor Partnership, economic development professionals agree that the combining of efforts and sharing of resources is absolutely critical to their continued success and the growth of Niagara.
Brock Dickinson, Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the City of St. Catharines stressed the timing of the partnership. “We all understand the competition that is out there and the need to be strategic in our work. This is why the launch today of the Niagara Development Corridor partnership is so important and timely. “
Serge Felicetti, Director, Business Development for the City of Niagara Falls, explains the blend of economic development activities in his municipality. “Tourism is a critical part of our economy, there’s no doubt. We focus on manufacturing as much as we do tourism because we have such a diverse and long-standing industrial legacy. It makes good business sense to cultivate it and support one another.”
Dan Degazio, Manager of the Welland Development Commission explains, “For us, brownfield development has huge potential for financial returns because so much of the development costs are already invested. The infrastructure is in place. The companies coming to us also recognize that we have a large, skilled labour force because of our manufacturing history. Companies know when they come here, we have the land and labour.”
“Like our Partners, our Municipal Councils and our Board understand business, emphasized Jim Thibert, General Manager of the Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Corporation. “This is critical for each of us. So while individually we can speak to and promote our respective strengths, by collaborating we maximize our synergies and guarantee that in the long-term our economic wealth is ensured”.
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Mr. Dan Degazio
Economic Development & Tourism
City of Welland
Mr. James Thibert
Fort Erie Economic Development & Tourism Corporation
Mr. Brock Dickinson
Economic Development & Tourism
City of St. Catharines
Mr. Serge Felicetti
City of Niagara Falls
SERVICES OF THE NIAGARA DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR
The services provided by the Niagara Development Corridor Partnership are:
• supporting business through the site selection, planning and development process;
• assisting existing business with expansion plans, investor, supplier and professional services;
• demographic, research and information for due diligence and business planning;
• collaborative marketing to targeted industries and geographic markets; and,
• lobbying all levels of government on issues that affect economic development.
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