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Hamilton Economic Development

Hamilton Brings Home Seven National and International Marketing Awards

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017

Hamilton Brings Home Seven National and International Marketing Awards

HAMILTON, ON –   The City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office (EDO) won seven prestigious national and international marketing awards over the past two weeks. The office was celebrated for its foreign direct investment work as well as several marketing initiatives from both the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).

From website marketing, investment strategy to special event marketing, connectivity and business friendliness, the City of Hamilton covers it all.

“This recognition is proof once again that the team in Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is truly one of the best, not only in Canada, but also the world, as judged by these results,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

At the International Economic Developers Council annual conference, Hamilton was honoured with four awards from fDi Magazine (a subsidiary of the Financial Times in London, England):

Category: Mid-sized cities (North America)

  1. Winner for best Foreign Direct Investment strategy
  2. A Top 10 City  Overall
  3. A Top 10 City for Connectivity
  4. A Top 10 City for Business Friendliness

The office also won the following awards at the IEDC International Marketing Awards:

  1. Gold Award – Special Event – “Nosh”
  2. Bronze Award – General Purpose Website – www.investinhamilton.ca

The previous week, EDO won the top promotional video at the EDAC National Marketing Awards for “Ambition is in Our Blood.”

“Time and again, the team at Hamilton Economic Development are turning out fantastic work both from an investment side and promotional side, and I am proud to lead such a talented group,” said Glen Norton, Economic Development Director of the City of Hamilton.

As well, Norton was elected to the Board of the Directors for the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Consider Canada Cities Alliance (comprised of 13 largest cities in Canada).

Background:

Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation and revitalization in Hamilton.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.

The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) is Canada’s national organization of economic developers pursuing excellence in the field since 1968. The association offers its members professional development, networking opportunities and a comprehensive offering of resources, both on and offline.

The Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) unites 13 of Canada’s largest municipal regions to build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy built upon the collective strength of each member’s ecosystem.  As an established network of Investment Promotion Agencies from coast to coast, the CCCA works with national and international networks of partners to make Canada the preferred location for foreign investment and trade.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Michael R. Marini MA, Cert. PR, APR, Ec.D.
Coordinator, Marketing
City of Hamilton
905-977-0883
michael.marini@hamilton.ca

Amanda Kinnaird
Advisor to the Mayor, Communications and Media Relations
Office of Mayor Fred Eisenberger
City of Hamilton
905-546-4225
C: 905-973-3263
amanda.kinnaird@hamilton.ca

ACI Air Cargo Inc. Named as Operator of Hamilton International’s Common-Use Air Cargo Centre

Hamilton, ON – (October 6, 2015)

Today John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport announced ACI Air Cargo Inc. (ACI) will operate the common-use half of its $12 million Air Cargo Centre.

“We’re very excited to announce ACI as operator of Hamilton International Airport’s Cargo Centre,” said Frank Scremin, President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “We believe this strategic partnership with ACI will further enhance Hamilton International’s dominant position in the Canadian air cargo market; we look forward to working together to grow air cargo activity and services at Hamilton.”

ACI Air Cargo Inc. will be responsible for all cargo handling services within the common use section of the Air Cargo Centre including bonded, e-commerce and temperature controlled air cargo handling, cross docking and end of runway cargo services which allows companies to move critical items in time-sensitive situations.

“We are pleased to be selected as operator for the Cargo Centre and eager to utilize this first-class facility and ideal location to offer unique logistics solutions to the express air cargo industry,” said Robert Thorndyke, President, ACI Air Cargo Inc. “We believe the combined strengths of Hamilton International Airport and ACI will result in enhanced and increased air cargo options for the marketplace.”

Hamilton International Airport’s Air Cargo Centre was funded through a joint partnership between the federal and Ontario governments, and TradePort International Corporation, with support from Hamilton’s municipal government.

In March 2014, Cargojet Airways was announced as anchor tenant for the Air Cargo Centre, occupying approximately half of the 77,000 square foot Facility.  ACI will operate the second half of the Facility under a common-use model.

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About Air Cargo Inc.
ACI Air Cargo Inc. is a third party logistics provider specializing in air freight.  ACI Air Cargo Inc. operates dual bonded facilities at both Toronto Pearson International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, moving thousands of tonnes of goods between some of the busiest ports in Canada and the United States.
www.aircargoinc.ca

About John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is a growing passenger airport and the largest overnight express freight Airport in Canada. Its strategic location and uncongested 24/7 operations make it an attractive option for both passenger and cargo carriers looking to serve the Southern Ontario market. The Airport’s tie to Vantage Airport Group – an industry leading investor, developer and manager of airport assets – allows Hamilton International to incorporate best-in-class practices from around the world into its operations.
www.flyhamilton.ca

Media Contact
Lauren Yaksich
Director, Marketing & Communications
media@flyhamilton.ca

Site Selection Publishes Annual Canadian Rankings

Site Selection
6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 200, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092  USA

PRESS RELEASE

Date: September 1, 2015
Contact: Adam Bruns
T: 770-325-3491 E-mail: adam.bruns@siteselection.com Website: http://siteselection.com/

Site Selection Publishes Annual Canadian Rankings

Atlanta, September 1, 2015: Québec is the most competitive province in a competitive nation, followed by Alberta, and a tie between Ontario and British Columbia. And metro areas from Greater Toronto and Montréal to Hamilton, Vancouver and Winnipeg head Site Selection’s annual list of top Canadian economic development groups (see full list below).

Those are the conclusions reached as Site Selection publishes its seventh annual Canada’s Best Locations awards and rankings, based on April 2014-March 2015 corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data derived from the publication’s proprietary New Plant Database and the magazine’s own research. The rankings include:

  • The Canadian Competitiveness Award, awarded to the leading province based on data derived from qualifying new corporate facilities and expansions;
  • Top Canadian Groups, recognizing local economic development groups based on project data, regional partnership, proactive and innovative programming, and quality data and Web tools and resources, and including an Honorable Mention category.

The Canadian Competitiveness Award goes to Invest Québec. “Just as the province’s most famous export, Cirque du Soleil, is pitching its tents all over the world, FDI trends show plenty of companies from those same countries pitching their tents in Quebec,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. “From open immigration policies to infrastructure investment to proactive outreach abroad,” says Bruns, “Invest Quebec and the other provincial and regional economic development organizations among the top performers we salute this year exhibit a sense of creativity and collaboration that resonates with the creative and digital hubs that many of their communities are fostering.”

The Canada’s Best Locations 2015 report, entitled “Wonderlands,” includes a Canadian economic development directory, and appears in the September 2015 edition of Site Selection, available at siteselection.com.

“We make sure Canada is covered in every issue of Site Selection, from provincial and Canada-U.S. border updates to coverage of new projects in our industry reports,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “The annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors. We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings.”

The entire Canada’s Best Locations article appears in the September 2015 edition of Site Selection and online at www.siteselection.com. Also featured in the issue are Site Selection’s annual ranking of Top US Utilities in Economic Development, and reports on global infrastructure, logistics, and rural economic development. The issue also contains international, regional and state spotlights; industry reports; and several of the magazine’s popular Investment Profiles.

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 48,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online. The publication also publishes or co-publishes e-newsletters, including The Site Selection Dispatch and its Online Insider series, Life Sciences Report, Aerospace Report and Energy Report; The Global FDI Report; TrustBelt.com and the OnSITE Travel blog.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Conway since 1954 has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world. Conway owns and manages London-based Conway Events, organizer of worldwide FDI events; Berlin-based FDI advisory firm Terrain Consulting; and New York-based Conway PR & Marketing, a leading PR and lead-generation firm. In February 2015 Conway formed an exclusive partnership with Silverlode Consulting Corp. as Conway’s corporate location advisory partner in the United States. Conway also manages the Industrial Asset Management Council and the Global FDI Association. Conway in 2013 launched a Custom Publishing Division that has published economic development guides for territories including Texas, California, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Conway employs over 80 people in 10 offices in seven countries.

Canadian Competitiveness Rankings

1. Invest Québec

2. Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education

T3. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

T3. British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training

Top Canadian Economic Development Groups 2015 (in alphabetical order)

  • Calgary Economic Development
  • City of Charlottetown (PEI)
  • Edmonton Economic Development Corp.
  • City of Hamilton Economic Development (Ont.)
  • Montréal International
  • Québec International
  • Regina Regional Opportunities Commission
  • Invest Toronto
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Economic Development Winnipeg

Top Canadian Economic Development Groups 2015 Honorable Mention

  • City of Brampton Economic Development Office (Ont.)
  • Canada’s Technology Triangle (Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.)
  • Greater Halifax Partnership (NS)
  • Lloydminster Economic Development (Sask.)
  • London Economic Development Corp. (Ont.)
  • City of Mississauga Economic Development Office (Ont.)
  • City of Oshawa Economic Development (Ont.)
  • Enterprise Saint John (NB)
  • Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (Sask.)
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp. (Ont.)

2012 Marketing Canada Awards

Economic Developers Association of Canada
7 Innovation Drive, Suite 200, Flamborough, ON L9H 7H9 T: 905-689-8771 F: 905-689-5925

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 2, 2012
Contact: Penny A. Gardiner, Ec.D., Chief Executive Officer
T: 905-689-8771 F: 905-689-5925 E-mail: gardiner@edac.ca Website: www.edac.ca

2012 Marketing Canada Awards
Economic Developers Association of Canada
Announces – “The Best of the Best”
Sponsored by: Deloitte

Flamborough, Ontario –

The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) is Canada’s national association of economic development professionals, representing every province and territory across Canada with 1,000+ members. The Association’s mission is to enhance the professional competence of economic development professionals and ensure placement of qualified people in the field of economic development, to advance economic development as a distinct, recognized, and self governing profession and to contribute to Canada’s well being.

The Association recognizes that marketing a community is an integral part of the economic development profession, therefore provides The Marketing Canada Awards competition as an opportunity to exchange and review promotional literature and other marketing material produced by municipalities across the country. This awards program is open to those organizations that undertake to promote and market Canadian provinces, territories, regions, cities, towns and areas with a view to improving the economic well-being of Canadians. City of Hamilton Economic Development, during the Economic Developers Association of Canada’s 44th Annual Conference, was awarded three Marketing Canada Awards:

First Place for their “Sew Hungry” Promotional Event submission
and
“Hamilton Cartoon” Promotional Video submission
including
EDAC Cup Contender
“Sew Hungry” Promotional Event

This year’s adjudication committee consisted of David Needham, Needham Promotions, Bradford, ON; Jim McGimpsey, On Three Communication Design Inc.; Hamilton, ON; Carl Knipfel, Lankinhouse Design, Toronto, ON; Heather Buttrum, On Three Communication Design Inc., Hamilton, ON.

This year’s awards program attracted 160 submissions from across Canada. We thank you for supporting our awards program.

Navistar Returns to Hamilton

HAMILTON, ON – September 4th, 2012 – Today, Navistar, one of the world’s leading truck, bus, Recreational Vehicle and diesel engine manufacturers will break ground in the Red Hill Business Park for a new 250,000 s.f. parts distribution centre. Navistar will be located directly across the road from the 500,000 s.f.  Maple Leafs Foods processing operation now under construction.

“We are looking forward to moving to a new and larger facility to support our growth in Canada,” said Joe Kory, Vice President, Global Parts Distribution Operations, Navistar.  “This facility will feature the latest innovations in lean distribution to help us provide greater support to our customers.”

The distribution facility will serve as the parts distribution centre for eastern Canada to support International® and IC Bus™ vehicles, MaxxForce® diesel engines, and all makes of commercial trucks. The distribution centre will be completed by May 2014 and will be home to 50 -60 employees. This new facility will replace Navistar’s existing parts distribution centre in Burlington, Ontario.

“Navistar and International Harvester are synonymous with the history of Hamilton and Burlington Street,” said Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina. “To have this company return to our community is another major step in our continued renaissance. It also demonstrates that the investment this Council made in our Economic Development function was money well spent as it continues to provide measurable returns in non-residential assessment and jobs.“

The project’s Developer is Mr. Joe Hamadi, President of the Woodbridge based Sora Group. He acknowledged the strategic location of the Red Hill Business Park and applauded the efforts of the Mayor and City Staff to meet their tight timelines for this development. “On Friday, May 4th we requested a meeting with the Mayor, City Manager and Senior City staff,” said Mr. Hamadi. “That meeting was convened on Monday May 7th and a pre-consultation meeting for the project was held with Senior City staff four days later. This is clearly a municipality that wants investment and can deliver service.”

About Navistar

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses and Navistar RV brands of recreational vehicles. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Additional information is available at www.Navistar.com/newsroom.

 

Hamilton Once Again Top Place to Invest in Ontario

Diversified economy responsible for top ranking

Hamilton, ON – August 21, 2012 – The Real Estate Investment Network of Canada today ranked the City of Hamilton as the top location in which to invest in Ontario (2012-2016).  This is Hamilton’s second straight ranking in the top position.

“Known formerly as a hard-working steel town, the city has quickly shed this image in the eyes of potential investors – as indicated by the record breaking building permit values Hamilton has experienced in recent years,” said REIN Founding Partner Don Campbell.  “The wheels have been set in motion to create a major high-tech industrial park in conjunction with growth at McMaster University, sparking an entrepreneurial spirit in the city.”

The detailed REIN investment report identifies cities, towns and regions poised to outperform other regions of the province over the next  5 years.  As part of the research into this Top Investment Cities list, REIN considered the following key fundamentals: Is the area’s average income increasing faster than the provincial average? Is the area’s population growing faster than the provincial average? Is the area creating jobs faster than the provincial average? Does the area have more than one major employer? Is the area in the RBC Affordability Index Hot Zone (25% to 39%)? Will the area benefit from an economic or real estate ripple effect? Has the political leadership created an economic growth atmosphere? Is the Economic Development Office progressive and helpful? Is the area’s infrastructure being built to handle the expected growth? Are there any major transportation improvements in the works? Is the area attractive to Baby Boomers’ lifestyle? Is there a short term problem occurring that is slated to disappear in the future? Is there a noted increase in labour and materials cost in the area?

“This is further proof that the diversification of Hamilton’s economy is starting to pay great dividends,” said the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Division Director Neil Everson.  “We’re thrilled with the ranking once again and encourage investors to contact us to learn more about one of Ontario’s hottest economies.”

To Order a Copy Of The Complete 80+ Page Top Ontario Investment Towns Research Report Visit: www.topontariotowns.com

XCEEi and iF Foster Co-Creation on the Factory Floor

Hamilton, ON (May 1, 2012) – McMaster University’s Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (XCEEi) and Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, Innovation Factory (iF), have come together to increase activities in the Don Pether Incubation Centre at McMaster Innovation Park. Recognizing that innovation and entrepreneurship are instrumental to Hamiltonʼs prosperity, the partnership aims to provide the space needed to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem with a new initiative: Factory Floor.

Click here to read the full release (PDF)

Startup Weekend Inspires Entrepreneurs in Hamilton Again

Hamilton, ON (April 30, 2012) – Last weekend, 95 developers, designers, marketers, business professionals, animators, and engineers came together in the Collaboratory at Mohawk College to spend 54 hours trying to launch new startups in Hamilton.

Click here to read the full release (PDF)

Global Sensation Startup Weekend Returns to Hamilton

Hamilton, ON (April 16, 2012) – Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre (RIC), Innovation Factory (iF) has teamed up once again with Software Hamilton to bring the international movement of Startup Weekend to Hamilton this spring. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders & entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate & empower individuals, teams & communities. Attendees come share to ideas, form teams & launch startups.

Click here to read the full release (PDF)

National Conference on Urban Renewal Moving to Hamilton

Hamilton, ON – April 2, 2012 – Downtown Hamilton will be a living laboratory for best practices in urban renewal when the Strategy Institute holds its fourth annual Transforming and Revitalizing Downtown Summit in Hamilton (June 6-7th, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamilton). This is the first time the event has ever been out of Downtown Toronto.

Click here to read the full release (PDF)

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