Release of Attractiveness Indicators 2007, a Montréal International publication aimed at promoting the region's strengths - Montréal among the most creative and attractive regions in North America

    MONTREAL, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal International has released its
publication, Attractiveness Indicators 2007, which highlights the assets of
Greater Montréal. Based on the main location factors considered by foreign
investors, this publication confirms the metropolitan area's excellent
competitive position as compared with its main North American rivals.
    "Greater Montréal offers a highly skilled workforce, internationally
renowned universities and research centres, huge innovation potential,
high-tech clusters, and a remarkable quality of life at very competitive
costs," said Mr. Pierre Brunet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montréal
International. "In the knowledge economy, these are decisive factors for many
businesses looking for a site location," he added.
    Montréal International analyzed a series of attractiveness indicators,
categorized as follows: availability of a skilled workforce, innovation and
high-technology, costs, taxation and incentives, investment climate, economy
and demographics, and quality of life.
    "These data are particularly useful in carrying out our promotional
mandates and prospecting for foreign investment and international
organizations, as they advantageously position Montréal in terms of
creativity, innovation, high-technology and quality of life-four of the
powerful levers of its attractiveness," stated Mr. Brunet.

    A world-class metropolis

    As evidenced by the key attractiveness indicators, the area often ranks
among the top 20 largest urban centres in North America and/or ranks first in

    Among major North American metropolitan areas, Greater Montréal ranks:

    - 1st for the number of university students per capita
    - 1st for the competitiveness of overall business operating costs
    - 2nd for the quality of life
    - 2nd for the quality of its healthcare system and level of sanitation
    - 3rd for the rate of attraction of patented inventions
    - 4th for the concentration of high-technology jobs

    Among major Canadian metropolitan areas, Greater Montréal ranks:

    - 1st for funds granted to university research
    - 1st for the total number of university students and the number of
      foreign university students
    - 1st for the number of university diplomas awarded to all students and
      to foreign students
    - 1st for the number of research centres
    - 1st for the number of researchers and the funds invested per researcher
    - 1st for the number of patents held
    - 1st for the number of scientific publications arising from university /
      private sector partnerships
    - 1st for venture capital investments

    For more information, the complete document is available on the Montréal
International Web site at

    About Montréal International

    Montréal International was created in 1996, and is a private/public
partnership whose mission is to contribute to the economic development of
Metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates
include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and
strategic workers, and supporting the development of competitive clusters in
high-technology sectors. Montréal International is financed by the private
sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the City of Montréal, and
the governments of Canada and Québec.

For further information:

For further information: Céline Clément, Communications Advisor,
Montréal International, (514) 987-9390,

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