• Trade mission promotes Niagara's advantages

    by The Tribune

    Canada and more specifically the Hamilton-Niagara region is the place to do business local representatives told businesses in three Colombian cities last week.

    And the international trade and investment mission – a joint partnership between the City of Welland, Niagara Region, Niagara College and the City of Hamilton – may have already paid off, says Welland’s economic development officer Lina DeChellis.

    DeChellis says the group traveled to Bogota, Barranquilla, and Medellin, between September 2 and 9, and had 30 meetings with various businesses and companies in those cities.

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  • Provincial government invests nearly $1.8M in Welland economy

    by Laura Barton, The Tribune

    Just under $1.8 million in provincial government funding in two businesses with Welland locations is expected to contribute 65 jobs to the local economy.

    The announcement was made Friday morning at Hydac Corporation’s Federal Road facility by St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

    Hydac Corporation is one of the two businesses receiving funds from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, which invests in businesses to help them grow and in turn positively influence the economy. The fund covers up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs.

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  • Niagara economic development officials to return from Colombia trade mission

    by Staff , The Tribune

    Welland’s economic development officer is part of an international trade and investment mission wrapping up in Colombia through a partnership of the city, Niagara Region, Niagara College and City of Hamilton.

    A release from the Region said the mission is aimed at building business opportunities for local businesses.

    “The city is part of the Hamilton-Niagara Partnership and is honoured to participate in a mission to Colombia to explore new business opportunities for trade and investment and develop new partnerships,” said Lina DeChellis, Welland’s economic development officer, in the release.

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  • Provincial courthouse to open in October

    By Laura Barton, The Tribune

    Niagara’s new provincial offences courthouse being built on East Main Street in Welland is both on schedule and budget.

    Nicole Menard, project manager for Niagara Region, said the exterior of the building has been completed and this week construction crews are working on its parking lot. Finishing the interior will also be taking place.

    “We’ve all been working together as a really great team to get it on schedule and open for business as per the original schedule,” she said.

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  • Walker Centre supports local industries

    by Laura Barton, The Tribune

    Niagara College’s Welland campus celebrated the official grand opening of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre Friday.

    It’s been two years since construction began on the multi-million-dollar facility, and although students have already been studying hard and learning a lot within its walls, it is officially complete.

    The innovation centre is a 15,000 square-foot facility with lab space for students to practice hands-on learning for the manufacturing industry while also providing small and medium-sized manufacturers with the ability to team up with the college for projects.

    The centre was funded by the provincial government and Walker Industries Holdings Ltd., with investments of $4.2 million and $1.2 million respectively.

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