• NIAGARA CLOSEUP: Niagara College turns 50

    By Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    In 1967, with one employee and two empty rooms, Niagara College opened its doors in Welland.

    The college, now home to more than 10,000 students at multiple campuses, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

    When it opened in September 1967, 450 students began their education in programs that included for business and secretarial roles.

    Before the campus was built on Woodlawn Road, staff worked out of a two-room office on King Street in Welland. Mary Hornak was hired as the first employee of the college working as secretary
    to the college president, George Bowen. She remained the only staff member for the first few weeks.

    Hornak, with a laugh, recalls the rooms were small and she was tasked with filling them with office supplies.

    “I just can’t get over that it started with two small rooms and it’s grown so big,” she says.

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  • Welland’s annual report packed with good news

    by Michelle Allenburg, The Tribune

    In 2016 Welland issued building permits for about $81 million in development.

    Gary Long, the city’s CAO, says he saw a great deal of growth in Welland last year, that is reflected in the municipality’s annual report. The growth isn’t limited to an increase in population, but also in industry and development. Last year the city issued about 620 building permits. The construction value of those developments is about $81 million. In the five years previous to 2016, the city issued about 575 building permits.

    A number of city-owned lands were sold in 2016, including more than five acres on Prince Charles Drive for residential development of 70 townhouses.

    Long says staff anticipate 2017 will be a solid year, especially due to the addition of the General Electric plant on Silverthorn Street in Welland.
    GE is scheduled to open in 2018 and will employ about 220 people.

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  • Groundbreaking for French school set for spring

    Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    Plans for a new $12.8 million facility to house students from both Confederation Secondary school and Champlain elementary school are slowly moving forward.

    In 2015 the Conseil scolaire Viamonde was awarded almost $11 million from the Ministry of Education to construct a new school.

    Jean-Francois L’Heureux, chair of Conseil scolaire Viamonde, said the board actually received $12.8 million when including funding received for early childhood and day care support.

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  • City of Welland Received Brownie Award for Atlas Landfill Partnership

    In February, Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development with the Corporation of the City of Welland accepted a duplicate copy of Walker Environmental’s Brownie Award. Mike Watt, Executive Vice-President of Walker Environmental met with Degazio to present the award and extend their gratitude to the City of Welland for being great partners in the Atlas Landfill Remediation Project.

    Walker Environmental received the original award in December, when the Atlas Landfill Remediation project was selected by the Brownfield Network as the winner in their reinvest category. Walker Environmental was thrilled to accept the award but felt their success would not
    have been possible without their great partnership with the City of Welland.

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  • GE plant taking shape in Welland

    Allan Benner, The Tribune

    General Electric’s new factory is beginning to take shape in Welland.

    The steel frame of the 45,000-square-metre facility is rising above 30 hectares of property along Highway 140, between Silverthorn Street and Buchner Road.

    Welland economic development officer Dan Degazio said contractor PCL Construction has had “great weather” since ground was broken on the US$165-million project in late August, keeping construction on schedule.

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