Welland recognized as a great place to grow

Welland is Open for Business

Profitguide’s search for places in Canada that were business-friendly with fast-moving development processes and little regulatory regime led them to Welland. It’s a recognition for which the cities staff and economic team can be proud of,  as it is a designation that would not have been possible a decade ago.

For many years, news surrounding industry growth in Welland spoke instead to the decline of the manufacturing industry. But a reinvented and aggressive economic strategy, hinged on marketing the city as an attractive place to do business, has moved Welland into a position for growth on a national investment level.

 

Advantages beyond City Hall

The cities advantages extend well beyond the processes at city hall. As a provincially designated place to grow, business choosing to build in Welland have the ability to receive tax and development charges relief through theNiagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre Community Improvement Plan. Further incentive programs are offered in strategic locations throughout Welland, including specific industrial parks. Welland’s location, skilled workforce and burgeoning industry opportunities are all additional industry advantages.

Industrial real estate Welland

News of new development and expansion in Welland’s key industries is starting to become a regular occurrence. With businesses including Northern Gold Foods, Bertie and Clinton Mutual Insurance, Atlantic Biodiesel (possible expansion) and Trivium Industries purchasing and developing real estate. Welland’s industrial centres likeEnterprise Industrial Park offer appealing developable land with excellent transportation access and financial incentives.  Click here to view available industrial and commercial real estate within the city. 

 

Source article here: http://gregchew.hs-sites.com/blog/growing-industry-in-niagara-welland-nationally-recongized

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Notre Dame students clean Welland Canal

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Notre Dame students participated in a canal cleanup along the Welland Canal on Thursday as part of the EcoSchools club. Grade 11 student Dena Atallah puts a piece of garbage in a garbage bag while Grade 12b student Destiny Lacasse watches on Thursday November 5, 2015 in Welland, Ont. Michelle Allenberg/Welland Tribune

Full article: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2015/11/05/notre-dame-students-clean-up-the-welland-canal

Welland named Top Business-Friendly Place in Canada

From PROFIT Magazine:

There’s no barrier to doing business more formidable than government. Red tape and high taxes can snarl up your operations, slow down your innovation, and even stop you from getting started in the first place.

So when you’re choosing a location for a new outlet, office or venture, it’s important to find a place with an administration and community that tries to help—not hinder—companies like yours. You want a tax and regulatory regime that enables your growth instead of stifling it, a bureaucracy that won’t stop your planned capital projects in their tracks.

Help is at hand. For the first annual study of Canada’s Best Places for Business, we surveyed 50 of the country’s largest municipalities to find the ones with burgeoning markets, the lowest costs and the most amenable tax and regulatory regimes. Looking for a municipality that’s open for business? Here are the Canada’s Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2015:

1. WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

2. DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

3. VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

4. NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

5. ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

6. CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO

7. REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN

8. WHITBY, ONTARIO

9. WELLAND, ONTARIO

10. MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK

http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/strategy-operations/canadas-most-business-friendly-places-93994

Hope Centre undergoes major renovations at new site thanks to CTFS employees

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On September 24, 2015 the entire Canadian Tire Financial Services management team put a little extra elbow grease into their workday. They spent the day volunteering their time and skills to renovate and transform the new home of The Hope Centre.

About 120 managers, APVs and VPs donated 720 hours to create garden beds; assemble a gazebo, shed, picnic tables and benches; lay new stones and sod outdoors, as well as carpeting indoors; paint indoors and outdoors, and fix parking curbs. The team also donated and sorted food, and helped set up the shelving for the new food bank space. Lastly, 20 new bicycles were assembled for children who attend the centre.

Full article and many more photos at myWelland here: http://www.mywelland.com/articles/ctfs-leaders-invest-day-hope-centre

More jobs coming to Welland via Hydac expansion

A hydraulic equipment manufacturer and supplier is embarking on a nearly $2-million expansion that will create a handful of new jobs in Welland.

Hydac Canada, at 14 Federal Rd. facing Prince Charles Dr., has been awarded a Welland Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre community improvement plan grant towards construction of its $1.825-million project.

The company plans to build a 1,214-square-metre shop addition to its existing 3,088-square-metre manufacturing facility.

According to a city report, the new facility will create the equivalent of five to six full-time jobs, while retaining 43 full-time jobs.

The development will include nine sheltered bicycle parking spots.

Hydac has qualified for $194,400 through the city’s Tax Increment Based Grant Program, for which costs are shared by Niagara Region. The annual grant payment will be about $38,867 over each of the coming five years, the report showed.

When the project is completed, it will represent an additional $28,608 in tax revenues to the city and $26,900 to the region, combined more than $55,500 annually.

Hydac was founded in 1995, as a division of Hydac International based out of Germany. Its products can be found in numerous applications, including for wind turbines, roller-coasters and airplanes.

It was established as the sole distribution centre for Hydac International in Canada, but in Welland is now progressing more heavily toward manufacturing.

From Greg Furminger of Welland Tribune

Keeping the trails clean | Welland Tribune

Project: Downtown posted a call for help, and two Welland residents answered…

Welland residents are picking up the slack – as well as the debris left behind from a long cold winter – after the Welland Recreational Canal Corp. warned that the trails along the waterway are not being maintained.

Last week, not long after the WRCC issued a statement saying it would not be maintaining the trails due to a recent city council budget decision to cut about $300,000 from the WRCC’s $650,000 budget request, Amanda Deschenes was speaking to a friend complaining about the trail that runs along the Welland River on Merritt Island was blocked by fallen tree limbs.

She said the trees appeared to have been gnawed by beavers.

“It was borderline dangerous. Some of the trees you could just push and they’d fall over,” Deschenes said, recalling the conversation with her friend.

She posted pictures her friend sent her to Facebook, showing the condition of the trails.

“I had a crazy amount of shares and views on it,” she said.

Deschenes said “through the “power of social media,” Myles Calvert Jr. and Linda Mariage heard about the problem and chose to take action.

Calvert said he saw the pictures on Facebook and asked Mariage, “Do you want to do this?”

“Absolutely,” she replied.

Armed with handsaws, Calvert and Mariage walked past the public notice sign posted at the start of the trailing.

The sign – that has since been removed – warned visitors to: “Please be advised this facility is currently not being maintained due to funding limitations. Be alert to the potential danger of falling tree limbs. Please be cautious and use at own risk.”

They walked along the Willow Trail until they found the beaver-chewed trees blocking the path, and cleared the fallen trees. They then finished the work the beavers started on a few others trees that were still standing precariously, posing a danger to other trail users.

It only took about two hours to clear the debris.

Deschenes posted the pictures at about noon and by 2:30 p.m., the debris was cleared.

“We cut some of the trees down that were obviously going to fall on the trail,” Calvert said.

But there were other trees badly damaged by beavers that were too tall to deal with without more equipment.

Mariage said they didn’t mind spending an afternoon clearing the trail.

“It was a lot of work, but worth it,” Mariage said. “We like to do stuff like that just for exercise.”

To be able to do it and help out “was a big bonus,” she added.

Deschenes said she has met many people recently willing to do their part for their community.

“It’s really given me hope for humanity,” she said, laughing. “It sounds so lame, but really there’s a lot of general negativity. And to see how many people were willing to come forward to help, it’s so great.”

With people like Calvert and Mariage and many others who are willing to do their part to improve their community, Deschenes said there’s a lot of potential.

“That was two people in two hours,” she said. “I know that was just a portion of the trail and that the trails are large, but why can’t we … Oh my goodness, I could give you so many ideas.”

One idea she suggested was recruiting landscaping students from local schools to spend their coop placements clearing the trails and maintaining gardens.

“Maybe we could have someone from the city overseeing it,” Calvert suggested. “It would be very minimal time and cost to do something like that.”

But as it is, Deschenes is worried about the condition of the trails if nothing is done.

“This is going to be a disaster this summer. It really is. I’m not going to want to walk through here at all.”

allan.benner@sunmedia.ca

Keeping the trails clean | Welland Tribune.