WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is Recognized in Nation's Top 10 Economic Development Groups

WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Site Selection Magazine published its fourth annual Canada Best to Invest awards and announced the Canadian Rankings based on June 2010 to May 2011 project data. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation was identified as one of the Top Canadian Economic Development Groups selected by Site Selection Magazine.

"The WEEDC staff are honoured to be recognized as one of the Top Canadian Groups in Canada.  To be recognized by a third-party such as Site Selection for our role in galvanizing the region through cooperatively working with all levels of government to diversify and grow the economic base is an indicator that the Windsor-Essex story is being heard around the globe." said Ron Gaudet, President and CEO of the WEEDC.

"What continues to distinguish Canada as a whole and successful Canadian communities in particular are their openness to global firms and global talent, and an increasingly friendly operating environment for industry," says Adam Bruns, Managing Editor of Site Selection.

The rankings include:

The Canadian Competitiveness Awards, awarded to the leading provinces 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;
Top Canadian Metros, based on a tally of new corporate projects and expansions.

Canadian Competitiveness Rankings

1. Ontario (Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade)
2. Québec (Invest Québec)
3. Alberta (Alberta Ministry of Finance & Enterprise)

Top Canadian Economic Development Groups (in alphabetical order)

Canada's Technology Triangle
Edmonton Economic Development Corp.
Greater Halifax Partnership
City of Hamilton - Economic Development & Real Estate Division
London Economic Development Corp.
City of Mississauga Economic Development Office
Montréal International
Québec International
Regina Regional Opportunities Commission
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp.

Top Canadian Metros

These areas were tops in corporate facility projects from June 2010-May 2011, according to the qualifying criteria of the Conway Data New Plant Database (at least $1 million invested, at least 50 new jobs created, or at least 20,000 new sq.ft.):

Metro area    Project Count
1. Toronto, Ontario    61
2. Hamilton, Ontario    21
3. Quebec City, Québec   17
4. Montréal, Québec    17
5. Windsor, Ontario    8
6. London, Ontario    8
(source: Conway Data New Plant Database)

Site Selection Magazine
Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online ( The SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail newsletter, is delivered to approximately 44,000 industry professionals. The publication also publishes the "Site Selection Energy Report" and "Site Selection Life Sciences Report" monthly e-newsletters. Conway Data is an international publishing and association management company headquartered in Atlanta. The firm manages the Industrial Asset Management Council, the Development Hall of Fame and the World Development Federation (WDF), offers consulting services and awards the Conway Safe Skies Award.

WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

About the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) - The WEEDC is the lead economic development agency proudly representing Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada's fastest growing economy (Conference Board of Canada), one of the world's Top 7 most intelligent communities (Intelligent Community Forum) and fDi Magazine's #2 Large American City for Economic Potential in 2011. Acting as a catalyst and network developer WEEDC works to positively impact the region by providing services including business attraction, retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial development, and community development activities.


SOURCE WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC)

For further information:


Lana Drouillard, Director, Marketing & Communications 
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp.
Tel: 519 259-9600            
          Mark Arend
Tel: 770-325-3438


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