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                                   investment destination
                                 • What one of Canada’s best


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                                   places to live has to offer
                                 • Innovation and growth at
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                       UWindsor’s Centre for
               engineering Innovation revving
                        up the local economy
                                    story on page 6
www.choosewindsoressex.com                                                                  think number one.


Windsor-Essex remains
your best choice for
business development.
Voted top Small City in North America by the Financial times of London’s fdi Magazine

        CEntral                            CapablE                         affordablE                     ConnECtEd




Windsor-Essex sits in the heart    Windsor-Essex is home to a         Land prices here are among     Windsor-Essex’s location, deep
of the Great Lakes basin,          diversified workforce with         the most attractive in         in the heart of North America,
within an easy day’s drive of      demonstrated capacity in           the continent, especially      makes it an excellent
half of the North American         manufacturing, engineering,        considering the area’s rich    location for multi-modal
population, an economically        agribusiness, the life sciences,   labour and intellectual        transport. With a transport
robust market of over 125          aerospace and business             resources. Housing costs       infrastructure that offers
million people. Being on the       processing operations.             are among Canada’s most        direct access to continental
Canada/US border means that        Education and R&D are also         affordable — roughly half      air and rail systems, major
we have advanced expertise         major sectors in which we          of Toronto prices — and        land routes and deep-water
in international trade. If North   offer extensive expertise.         commercial and industrial      ocean ports, it’s an ideal
America is your market, this is                                       space are both available and   point of interchange for North
where you want to be.                                                 affordable, by any standard.   American logistics operations.




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         A message from Windsor
            Mayor Eddie Francis
   In today’s global economy, location, modern infrastructure,             Windsor has an exceptionally skilled workforce, and our uni-
and skilled workforces matter more than ever. These are just three      versity and community college provide highly skilled gradu-
of the reasons why Windsor is a great place to live and invest.         ates and opportunities for life-long learning, training, and skills
   The region surrounding Windsor is home to 5.5 million                development. With an eye to the future, a new $112 million
people, and our communities are exciting places for businesses          Engineering and Innovation Centre is being built at the Univer-
to grow, families to live, and investors to succeed. The City           sity of Windsor, which will keep Windsor on the cutting-edge
of Windsor was rated the the number one small city for busi-            of innovation and research.
ness investment in North America by the Financial Times of                 We care about sustainability, and understand that today’s
London, and MoneySense magazine recently ranked Windsor                 highly skilled knowledge workers want to live in places with a
among the top 15 per cent of communities in Canada for qual-            high standard of living, and a great quality of life.
ity of life. We are also home to major corporate headquarters              That’s why we’re planning a new canal and urban village de-
such as Jamieson, Green Shield, and Chrysler, all companies             velopment that will extend our spectacular waterfront into the
currently taking advantage of our strategic location.                   downtown core. We are also implementing initiatives focused
   Our city is a transportation hub – with air, water, rail, and road   on the environment and urban renewal, including the recent
links that provide easy access to markets across North America          purchase of 18 hybrid electric buses.
and around the world. Major investments in infrastructure will             The people of Windsor are ambitious, well-educated, and re-
enhance our airport and ground transportation links, creating           silient. Our city is Ontario’s best-kept secret, and we want to
stronger connections to world markets.                                  share it with you. Together, our potential is your opportunity.                               Mayor Eddie Francis




                                                                           A message from County
                                                                           Warden Nelson Santos
                                                                           Within our region of Windsor and Essex County, there ex-           Windsor-Essex continues to represent a true year-round
                                                                        ists a significant acknowledgement and focus on enhancing our         destination with our annual collection of cultural festivals
                                                                        global marketplace position.                                          and celebrations.
                                                                           While attracting new investment during any economic time              Take into consideration the immediate access by land to
                                                                        is a challenge, it is a focus that our community leaders have         Michigan and by water to Ohio, the region shines as a two-na-
                                                                        reinforced and especially now in the face of challenging times.       tion destination with unlimited potential for more.
                                                                        Recognizing that the global marketplace continues to put a pre-          Pursuing this potential for more while reinforcing the
                                                                        mium on diversification and the ability to adapt to significant       strengths of the region, the WindsorEssex Development
                                                                        changes, Windsor and Essex County continues to represent a            Commission continues to lead the way in energizing part-
                                                                        location that remains in a geographically preferred position.         nerships.
                                                                           With access to major North American markets and home to a             Opening the door to business and fostering successes, this
                                                                        highly skilled and creative workforce, Essex County represents a      vital agency provides key insights and an approach that focuses
                                                                        very welcoming place for discovery, investment and settlement.        on the investor, one step at a time, and leading to greater inno-
                                                                           Making this region all the more attractive is our diver-           vation within the region.
                                                                        sity in business, industry, education, ethnicity, culture and            For those considering making their first trip or planning a
                                                                        heritage. The balance achieved within our region stems from           return visit, I encourage you to discover all that there is to offer
                                                                        the strength of our neighbouring communities who create               in Canada’s most southern communities.
                   County Warden Nelson Santos                          an environment for success. Here in Canada’s deep south,                 Windsor and Essex County welcomes you.
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                                              Exceptional quality of life
          Windsor-essex offers
          the best of all worlds
         Windsor-Essex offers an exceptional array of amenities that
      caters to the unique tastes of the most discerning individual. The
      City of Windsor is an urban metropolis of more than 200,000
      people, offering arts, culture, and resources for all types of
      business. The surrounding area of Essex County provides all of
      the benefits of a rural community including wide-open spaces
      and country hospitality. Across the Detroit River, the City of
      Detroit, Michigan, is one of the largest cities in the United
      States, and comes with a variety of offerings all its own.
         Thanks to these and other features, Windsor-Essex is one of
      the premier places in Canada in which to live and work.

      Affordable Housing
         The Windsor-Essex Region has some of the most stable
      and affordable housing of any region its size in Ontario. The
      market has something to offer to both buyers and sellers alike.
      Ongoing low interest rates continue to persuade first-time buy-
      ers to enter the market. The average Windsor-Essex home can
      be purchased at less than half of the price of an average home in         Windsor’s waterfront on the Detroit River is a hub of activity. Opposite the City of Detroit, Michigan, Windsor-Essex offers residents and visitors a variety
      nearby Toronto, and property taxes are lower than comparable              of lifestyle options and opportunities. Photo Credit: Kevin Kavanaugh
      regions in Ontario.
                                                                                Entertainment                                                                          cess to major league sports, superstar entertainment at The Fox
      Geography and Climate                                                        At Caesars Windsor residents and visitors alike can experience                      and Fisher Theatres, Detroit Opera House, Music Hall, Palace
         Windsor’s southern Ontario location, bordered by Lake                  the thrill of gaming excitement with the latest in slot action and                     of Auburn Hills, Grand Prix racing, Montreaux Jazz, Greek-
      Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River, produces a temper-           a wide variety of table games. Guests can also watch and wager                         town, Detroit Zoo, Detroit Science Center, world-renowned ex-
      ate climate (warmest climate of any of Ontario’s cities), ideal           on live sporting events at the Legends Sports Bar. For live enter-                     hibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts. And of course, Windsor-
      for year-round recreational activities and a pleasant lifestyle.          tainment, Caesar’s Colosseum Theatre boasts performers such as                         Essex’s wineries are known the world over for producing some
      With only 212 people per square mile, residents can choose                Robin Williams, Joe Cocker, Jewel, Imperial Circus of China,                           of Canada’s most highly regarded vintages.
      the city life, the suburbs, or a quaint country town, and relax           Chris Rock, Allan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Grand Funk Railroad,
      on a short commute between the office and home. Enjoy safe,               Jay Leno, and many more.                                                               Come to Windsor-Essex
      secure communities, a high standard of living and a region                                                                                                          All these features and more keep people coming back to
      focused on leading healthcare specialists and facilities. The area        Cultural Offerings                                                                     Windsor-Essex year after year. Affordable housing, enter-
      is overflowing with cultural events, festivals, world-renowned               There are more than 15 museums and galleries in the Windsor-                        tainment and a great quality life are reasons why people de-
      entertainment and thanks to Windsor’s Detroit neighbours,                 Essex Region, along with the prestigious Odette Sculpture Park                         cide to stay. For more information on Windsor-Essex, visit
      major league sports action.                                               located on Windsor’s waterfront. Windsor-Essex has also ac-                            choosewindsoressex.com.


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            About the WEDC
   The WindsorEssex Development Commission               Making Business Connections
(WEDC) provides valuable services to the                    The WindsorEssex Economic Development
Windsor-Essex Region by attracting new busi-             Commission wants to make sure that your busi-
ness, capital investment and other assessment and        ness has every advantage. Its staff of highly trained
employment-creating enterprises. The organiza-           professionals provides services for businesses of
tion strives to aid in the strengthening, diversifica-   all sizes, and helps set them on the right track to
tion and growth of existing business and maintain        creating and maintaining successful operations.
an attractive business and economic environment             To learn more about how the WEDC can
through constant contact with the appropriate            help your business grow in the Windsor-Essex
government agencies and community groups to              Region, visit its website or contact them at the
promote the region as a desirable location.              information below.
   The WEDC addresses the needs of of the
Windsor-Essex Region by assisting local orga-            WindsorEssex Development Commission
nizations to collaborate with regional partners          215-333 Riverside Dr. West
to identify economic development opportuni-              Windsor, ON N9A 5K4
ties, and by supporting projects that attract            www.choosewindsoressex.com
investment and help to diversify the region’s            info@choosewindsoressex.com
economic base by seeking high-value manu-                Phone: 519.255.9200
facturing opportunities.                                 Toll Free: 1.888.255.WEDC
   Building on the core competencies within the          Fax: 519.255.9987
Windsor-Essex Region, and with networks and
contacts within senior levels of government,
business community and academic leaders, the
WEDC is well positioned to play an important                    new developments
role in identifying gaps which limit economic             Jamieson Laboratories – announced in 2008
growth and diversification efforts.                       it will construct a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion
   The WEDC focuses on coordinating activi-
ties within the region to address these priorities        Vista Print – a 120,000 sq. ft. expansion is
                                                          currently underway
and to build new relationships which highlight
the competitiveness of the Windsor-Essex Re-              Pristine Power Plant Development – a $200-
gion and with key partners in economic devel-             million investment, the first project is the
opment initiatives.                                       84-MW East Windsor Cogeneration Centre,
                                                          which is currently on budget and on track for
                                                          the commencement of commercial operations
WEDC Mission Statement                                    in mid-2009.
  Maximize economic diversity, growth and
prosperity in the Windsor-Essex Region.                   New Border Crossing – $5 billion bi-national
                                                          investment to create an estimated 15,185 jobs
WEDC Vision Statement
                                                          Ford Essex Engine Plant – state-of-the-art
  The WEDC will be the business-driven, busi-             research and development center with
ness-led organization focused on creating pros-           750+ jobs
perity and recognized for generating economic
value and a high quality of life throughout the           Hiram Walkers Distillery – brought Gibsons
Windsor-Essex Region.                                     Whiskey from Quebec

                                                          Concours Denken – 90,000 sq. ft. expansion
Thriving Business Climate                                 for tooling division
   The Windsor-Essex Region has seen a number
of new developments over the past few years.              Integrity Tool & Mold – 15,000 sq. ft.
Several organizations have grown and expand-              expansion completed in early 2008
ed, creating more jobs and economic opportu-              PM Plastics – 20,000 sq. ft. expansion
nity for the entire region. Listed in the sidebar at      currently underway
right are only a few of the many announcements
that are contributing Windsor-Essex’s reputa-             Grand Central Business Park –
tion as a prosperous community.                           announcement of 160 acres transportation
                                                          and logistics development
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                                   The new home of innovation
       the University of Windsor is creating a centre
                         for engineering excellence
   The University of Windsor is contributing to the local econ-                nouncements show great confidence in the Windsor-Essex
omy in a big way. The development of the Centre for Engi-                      Region, something that all concerned parties are betting will
neering Innovation (CEI), a $112-million complex that will                     translate into a new era of economic vitality.
serve as a hub for academic and private sector research and                       “The contributions from the provincial and federal gov-
development, will provide students, faculty and industry with                  ernments are extremely important and represent a long-term
an environment that fosters innovation at all levels. The first                commitment to ensuring that the University of Windsor’s edu-
phase of construction is set to begin in late 2009, and when it                cational and research capacity remains an important element
is completed, the CEI will create new jobs, stimulate the local                in both the provincial and national manufacturing economy,”
and provincial economies, and serve as a launching pad for new                 says Wildeman.
products and services for a variety of industries.                                As a large manufacturing centre in North America, Windsor
   “This is the largest infrastructure renewal building that the               was hit especially hard by the economic downturn. The purpose
university has had in its history. It’s really setting a new mark              of the CEI is to help transform the local economy and build
for the University of Windsor and a new mark for the region,”                  upon its existing strengths in industrial engineering and manu-
says Dr. Alan Wildeman, President, University of Windsor.                      facturing. To this end, the CEI will boast an industrial centre,
“The CEI is going to create one of the country’s most dynamic                  including a manufacturing courtyard where companies and re-
                                                                                                                                                   Students in the University of Windsor’s engineering program work in the
centres for education in engineering. It will also create a centre             searchers will work together to test new ideas, solve problems,
                                                                                                                                                   dissection lab where they learn about inner workings of automobiles.
for research and innovation in manufacturing thanks to a built-                and develop strategies for translating those ideas into commer-
in industrial centre.”                                                         cially viable processes.
   In August 2007, the Ontario government announced that it                       The CEI will also host state-of-the-art research centres            Not only that, but research in engineering is expected to grow
would contribute $40 million to the development of the CEI.                    dedicated to green technologies, water treatment, innovation        exponentially. Over the past five years, engineering research at
The federal government showed its commitment to the proj-                      prototyping, microsystems, nano-technology, failure analysis,       the University of Windsor has totaled about $30 million. With
ect in June 2009, matching the province’s funding. These an-                   tribology, intelligent manufacturing, lightweight castings, fluid   the CEI, the university expects this number to reach between
                                                                                                    dynamics and a cutting-edge wind tunnel.       $30 million and $50 million on an annual basis.
                                                                                                       The university’s other faculties will be       In addition to the economic benefits expected from the CEI,
                                                                                                    involved, too. The CEI will connect vari-      the building is being constructed with some of the most ad-
                                                                                                    ous schools throughout the campus such         vanced environmental materials and practices. The University
                                                                                                    as the law school, which will provide legal    of Windsor strives to ensure that any new construction projects
                                                                                                    advice to incubating industry. The busi-       meet the most stringent of environmental regulations and will
                                                                                                    ness school will provide financial advice      pursue a LEED Gold certification for the CEI.
                                                                                                    and business administration while other           “Environmental sustainability is very important in every-
                                                                                                    faculties and departments throughout the       thing we do,” says Wildeman. “There’s an overall institutional
                                                                                                    university will integrate ideas into real-     commitment to doing things in ways that are eco-conscious.
                                                                                                    ity. The University of Windsor expects         A building like this provides an opportunity to show it can be
                                                                                                    that this expansive list of technologies,      done under a LEED program and to really set an example.”
                                                                                                    research capabilities and business services       The majority of the facility will be constructed using recycled
                                                                                                    will make the university and the region a      materials with additional features including solar panels, a green
                                                                                                    magnet for organizations with commit-          roof, water recycling, low-energy heating, and more. The CEI
                                                                                                    ments to research and development.             will be a “living building,” a part of an interactive learning pro-
                                                                                                       The new centre will also make the uni-      cess where engineering systems – electrical, mechanical, civil
                                                                                                    versity an even greater contributor to the     and environmental – will be displayed throughout the structure.
                                                                                                    regional economy. The University of Wind-         It’s an exciting time for the University of Windsor and for the
                                                                                                    sor is the largest employer in the region,     region as a whole. The Centre for Engineering Innovation will
                                                                                                    and has a current annual impact of $665        leverage the existing strengths of the region to create new op-
                                                                                                    million. With the establishment of the CEI,    portunities for business, and offer a state-of-the-art facility for
University of Windsor professor Jerry Sokolowski works with students on one of the engineering      the university will increase that impact to    Ontario’s future engineering workforce. For more information
department’s many research initiatives.                                                             more $1 billion annually.                      on the CEI, visit www.uwindsor.ca/engineering-innovation.
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                                                Much to see and do
Windsor-essex if filled with opportunities for residents and visitors to experience
 all that the community has to offer. Active living, recreation and a variety of
       cultural offerings make a stay in Windsor-essex a memorable one.




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1. Racing at Windsor Raceway                    5. Cricket at Jackson Park with Lancaster bomber in background       9. Wine tour at one of the region’s 14 wineries
2. Kayakers on the Detroit River                6. Art Gallery of Windsor                                            10. Charles Clark Square
3. Blues Fest International                     7. Lighthouse point, Pelee Island                                    All photos appear courtesy of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Windsor,
4. Odette Sculpture Gardens at the riverfront   8. Riverfront trail in Ambassador Park                               Essex County and Pelee Island
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A leading law school
   UWindsor’s Faculty of Law offers a
      comprehensive education

    For more than 40 years Windsor Law                students who will excel in the study of law and
has been producing research that matters to           have the potential to contribute creatively and
Canadians. On topics as diverse as racial pro-        meaningfully to the law school, the legal profes-
filing, liability for problem gambling, and trade     sion, and the community.
within a “common security perimeter for North            Gemma Smyth, who received her LL.B. at the
America,” professors at the University of Wind-       University of Windsor, was part of a crop of new
sor’s Faculty of Law have been on the leading         faculty hired this year as an assistant professor
edge of legal research.                               and academic director. For the past five years
    Much of this research corresponds to the key      she has served as the Director of Windsor Law’s
themes of the faculty: access to justice and trans-   Mediation Services where she would regularly
national law. These themes also run through the       jump headlong into disputes between families,
faculty’s teaching and learning activities. Stu-      landlords and tenants, small businesses and
dents are asked to think critically not only about    neighbours having difficulties in order to help
the “law on the books” but also the “law on the       resolve other people’s problems.
ground.” How does law impact people’s every-             With her new position, she’ll be teaching
day lives and how does law actually function in       students who are doing placements at Legal
a global context?                                     Assistance of Windsor and community Legal
    In addition to its outstanding academic pro-      Aid to lear about clinical law, professional eth-
gramme, experiential learning is a central fea-       ics, social just, client counseling, mediation and
ture of the Windsor Law experience and students       alternative dispute resolution.
can participate in a variety of clinical and out-        “The work of the Mediation Clinic is almost
reach programmes.                                     like preventative justice. It’s problem-solving
    These include two legal aid clinics, a media-     before things get out of hand,” says Smyth. “I
tion clinic, the Intellectual Property Law Infor-     feel so privileged to be a part of helping people
mation Network as well as the Law Enforcement         through some of their most personal moments,
Accountability Project which works with police        and fortunate to part of a law school that’s al-
and community groups to strengthen civilian           lowed me to do that.”
oversight of police. A wide variety of courses is        As Dean Bruce Elman puts it: “We believe
available to students at Windsor Law – new ones       that a person’s ability to study law should be
added this year include the international law of      assessed based upon various criteria including
armed conflict, corporate theory and governance       work experience, community involvement, per-
and national security and torture.                    sonal career goals, accomplishments, personal
    In addition to its LL.B. programme, Wind-         considerations, as well as post- secondary aca-
sor Law offers other exciting programmes. With        demic achievement and performance on the law
its easy access to the United States, Windsor         school admission test.”
has a joint J.D./LL.B. degree programme with             This admissions policy has paid off and
the University of Detroit Mercy, allowing stu-        Windsor has a diverse and dynamic student body
dents to seamlessly obtain the degrees necessary      which eagerly participates in the faculty’s schol-
for practice on both sides of the border. Wind-       arly and community outreach initiatives as well
sor Law students may also pursue combined             as in the governance of the faculty itself.
LL.B./M.S.W. and LL.B./M.B.A. degrees with               Windsor Law graduates go on to careers in
Windsor’s School of Social Work and the Odette        every facet of legal practice – from the Crown
School of Business.                                   to Bay Street to legal clinics to the United Na-
    In selecting students for its programmes,         tions – as well as to alternative careers in fields
Windsor Law’s admission policy is stringent and       such as business. For more information, visit
unique. The faculty objective is to select those      uwindsor.ca/law.
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                                Saving green by going green
 enWIn Utilities launches Green suites program                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lynette Bain, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Select ho-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tel in Windsor commented, “It is easier to apply for these grants

    aimed at local accommodations providers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   now. There was never really one place to go for hotels to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              things to apply for.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pre-audits are important because they can help to prioritize
   Saving green by going green is streamlined for the hotel and     tems; and replacing old air conditioners, among others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   what work should be completed first, (low hanging fruit, so
motel owners thanks to ENWIN Utility’s Green Suites Program.            “The economy in Windsor has been hit very hard,” says                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to speak) and can help to ensure the lodging facility is getting
   In tracking the progress of the Ontario Power Authority’s        Musyj. “Windsor’s unemployment is the highest in Canada, so                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the best value for the work being done. Pre-audits offer cus-
(OPA) Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP) program over its first      we launched a pilot project for the City of Windsor to help the lo-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tomers further insight as to how their facilities currently use
two years of operation , ENWIN’S Director of Energy Man-            cal hospitality industry be more competitive by reducing energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           electricity – and this can be quite a revelation for some owners
agement & Conservation, Lawrence Musyj, noted the lack of           costs. Lower energy costs will improve their bottom line.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and operators.
hotel and motel participation in the City of Windsor. ENWIN            ENWIN collaborated with the Ontario Restaurant Hotel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Pre-audits are the real bonus because they’re going to look
responded with a tailored program for the hospitality sector        and Motel Association (ORHMA) to launch the Green Suites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  at the entire building and building envelope and identify where
known as Green Suites.                                              program to their members. ORHMA is the largest provincial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the electricity is used in the facility,” said Musyj. “Pre-audits
   Green Suites is tailored specifically to the hospitality sector, hospitality association in the country with more than 11,000                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              can cost up to $10,000 depending on the size of the facility, but
while ERIP is geared towards all commercial/industrial cus-         members, and represents the issues that impact the restaurant,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we’re offering it to a select few for free,” he continued.
tomers. Sponsored and funded by the Ontario Power Authority,        hotel, and motel sector.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Signing up and becoming involved with the program is easy.
the Green Suites Program encourages hotel and motel owners             “We’re providing a valuable program that highlights en-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Applications are available on ENWIN’s website. The applica-
to retrofit their properties by replacing old electrical equipment  ergy efficiency in a regional area. We’re using Windsor as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tion deadline for the program incentives is May 2010. All retro-
and receive an incentive up to of $250 per kilowatt saved. Ex-      pilot and working with ENWIN Utilities to show the value                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fits are to be completed by April 2011.
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amples of replacement equipment include lighting – replacing 10:10 energy efficiency in our industry,” says, ORHMA Director
 CNC_05169_PerspecVaughanBurling.qxd 09/10/08                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information on ENWIN and the Green Suites pro-
incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s; redesigning HVAC sys-          Fatima Finnegan.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gram, visit ENWIN.com.




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                                                                                  One of Canada’s most compet
  Location, tax incentives and a skilled workforce                                                                                                    significant roles in the region’s economy. Huge investments
                                                                                                                                                      over the past decade have seen the establishment of a number

        attract companies from all over the world                                                                                                     of research institutes where professionals across a variety of
                                                                                                                                                      industries work to create new products and services. For an
                                                                                                                                                      example of the region’s manufacturing and R&D compo-
                                                                                                                                                      nents coming together, see the below spotlight on the Uni-
   Windsor-Essex is a great place to do business. A multi-fac-                     With more than 25 per cent of U.S. export goods coming to          versity of Windsor/Chrysler Canada Automotive Research
eted community, the region offers a wide spectrum of business                    Canada, more trade crosses the Ambassador Bridge than total          and Development Centre.
resources complemented by an incomparable quality of life.                       U.S. exports to Mexico; twice as much as U.S. exports to Japan;         Windsor-Essex’s location in southern Ontario also provides
   The region earned top five rankings in seven categories in the                and more than the U.S. exports to all European Union states          the region with tremendous weather, which contributes to a
fDi Magazine’s North American Cities of the Future competition                   combined. In fact, 39 U.S. states count on Canada as their top       steady agricultural industry. It also creates an environment for
for 2007-08, including a #1 finish overall as the Best Small City                export market.                                                       the region’s wineries to flourish, which in turn attracts people
for Investment in North America. The other top five rankings were                                                                                     from all over the world to sample Windsor-Essex’s award-
in the categories of most business friendly, best human resources,               Key Industries                                                       winning vintages.
best infrastructure, best development and investment promotion,                     With Windsor-Essex being geographically linked to Detroit,
best quality of life, and best economic potential.                               Michigan, the region’s history is intertwined with that of Amer-     Low Cost of Doing Business
                                                                                 ica’s Motor City. Advanced manufacturing has been a key com-            Conducting business in Windsor-Essex is cost-effective.
Strategic Location                                                               ponent of Windsor-Essex’s economy for more than 100 years.           Municipally owned industrial land prices in Windsor-Essex are
   The Windsor-Essex Region offers one of the best locations                     From the building of automobiles and peripheral industries           significantly lower than prices in other communities of similar
in North America for owning a business. The region connects                      such as parts manufacturing, Windsor-Essex’s advanced manu-          size in Ontario. An integrated local supply chain also provides
all major passenger transportation corridors and is a portal for                 facturing sector continues to be an important component of the       businesses with benefits including reduced overheads.
global trade and passenger travel.                                               region’s economy.                                                       In addition to Windsor-Essex’s specific benefits, Canada as a
   Half of the North American population is located within an                       Other industries have taken root in Windsor-Essex and now         whole has among the most competitive business tax structures
eight-hour drive of the region, providing a large consumer base                  comprise some of its most important sectors. The region’s            in the G8. Lucrative R&D tax incentives allow companies to
for Windsor-Essex companies. With the Ambassador Bridge                          transportation on logistics industry is a large contributor,         conduct research and develop new products and services in a
and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, Windsor-Essex is also home to                    thanks to Windsor-Essex’s enviable geographic location that          cost-effective manner.
the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing, accounting for 40 per                   provides companies with daily access to the Eastern and Mid-            Windsor-Essex boasts competitive labour rates, including
cent of all Canada-U.S. trade and making it the busiest crossing                 western United States.                                               wages and benefits, and can leverage a favourable exchange
in the world by dollar volume.                                                      Life sciences and research and development also play              rate with U.S. counterparts. Access to numerous government
                                                                                                                                                      incentive programs for investment attraction also help compa-
                                                                                                                                                      nies offset costs for items such marketing.
                                                                                                                                                         Windsor-Essex is also equipped with the latest business ne-
                                                                                                                                                      cessities. Widely available, reliable broadband allows business-
                                                                                                                                                      es to stay connected, and affordable, reliable energy sources
                                                                                                                                                      ensure that companies in Windsor-Essex can maximize their
                                                                                                                                                      bottom lines.



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                                                                                                                                                           The University of Windsor/Chrysler Canada Automotive Research and
                                                                                                                                                        between industry and academia in North America. Opened in May 199
                                                                                                                                                        that examined how partnerships work in other countries. The universit
                                                                                                                                                        auto industry, while Chrysler provided the research infrastructure and i
                                                                                                                                                           The centre, totaling more than 226,000 sq. ft., contains six road test
                                                                                                                                                        facilities, a corrosion analysis lab, a vehicle recycling lab, a large design
                                                                                                                                                        research tunnel, and a number of other smaller labs. Total investment
                                                                                                                                                           More than 200 university and Chrysler researchers, students, engine
                                                                                                                                                        more than 100 engineering co-op students have spent their work term
                                                                                                                                                        post doctoral fellows have conducted research there. The centre is also
                                                                                                                                                        courses. Not only does this partnership provide unique automotive rese
Windsor-Essex is a competitive destination for entrepreneurs. The city’s low cost of doing business and strategic location give people starting new
                                                                                                                                                        company engineers who work together on a wide variety of projects.
businesses many advantages for success.
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titive investment destinations
           Education and Workforce
              Windsor-Essex is home to two of Ontario’s most respected
           post-secondary institutions. The University of Windsor annu-
           ally welcomes about 16,000 full- and part-time students, and
           is home to the $600-million University of Windsor/Chrysler
           Canada Automotive Research and Devolpment Centre. It’s also
           in the midst of creating one of the most comprehensive and en-
           vironmentally sustainable buildings for engineering education
           with the Centre for Engineering Innovation.
              St. Clair College in Windsor has eight faculties of specializa-
           tion offering more than 90 different programs. There are 6,200
           full-time and 15,300 part-time students attending the college,
           and St. Clair is home to the $32.5-million Ford Centre for Ex-
           cellence in Manufacturing.
              These two institutions of high learning contribute to a trained,
           dynamic, available workforce that is highly skilled in applied
           sciences, technologies and trades. About 25 per cent of Windsor-
           Essex’s workforce is employed in these fields, and more than
           55 per cent of the region’s population has post-secondary edu-
           cation, including 15 per cent holding a university degree.

           Low Cost of Living
              The Windsor-Essex Region has some of the most stable and
           affordable housing of any region its size in Ontario. The market
           has something to offer to both buyers and sellers alike. Ongoing
           low interest rates continue to persuade first time buyers to enter
           the market. The average Windsor-Essex home can be purchased           Windsor-Essex is an educated community. More than 55 per cent of the region’s population has some level of post-secondary education, with more than
           at less than half of the price of an average home in Toronto.         15 per cent possessing a university education.
              Housing prices in Windsor-Essex have been consistently below
           those in communities of similar size and substantially below prices   region. Boasting hundreds of miles of beaches and shorelines,
           in the GTA. For the same price as an average house in Toronto, you    numerous marinas and expansive provincial parks, Windsor-
           can purchase a 3,000 sq. ft. executive, two-storey home in Windsor.   Essex is a popular place to call home – in fact, it is the second                Windsor-essex is home to:
                                                                                 most populated county in Ontario.
                                                                                                                                                               • International Truck and Engine/University of Windsor
           Living in Windsor-Essex                                                  Windsor-Essex bills itself as a small city with big city ameni-
                                                                                                                                                                  automotive R&D facilities.
              Windsor-Essex is Canada’s southernmost territory, located on       ties. It offers a multicultural and diverse social climate, afford-
           a peninsula that extends right up to the United States’Midwest        able housing, a low crime rate, and a variety of cultural offer-
                                                                                                                                                               • Auto21 headquartered at University of Windsor
                                                                                 ings located in the city, as well as across the river in Detroit.             • Composites R&D centre under development
                                                                                    This busy, scenic place also presents several local interest               • Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research
tlight                                                                           points and a rich historical heritage that attracts tourists from             • New North America Centre for Diesel and Advanced
                                                                                 all over the world. Whether for a vacation or a lifetime, Wind-                  Powertrain Research and Innovation to be established at
 d Development Center (ARDC) is the first partnership of its kind                sor-Essex, Ontario real estate properties provide a safe and                     Ford’s Essex Engine Plant
96, the centre is a major outcome of the Windsor Experiment – a study            secure setting.                                                               • Largest agri-business sector in eastern Canada and
ty owns the building and land and conducts research of interest to the              Homes in Windsor-Essex come in a wide spectrum of ar-                         largest greenhouse industry in North America
 is responsible for all operations and costs.                                    chitectural designs, sizes and locations. From modern condos                  • $1.2 billion export industry with over 1,120
 t simulator cells, a 23-bay engineering laboratory, component testing           to older estates, buyers who search for their dream home in                      greenhouse operators
 n office, a full-scale automotive coating research facility, a lighting         the “Sun Parlor of Canada” will discover they can live close to
                                                                                                                                                               • Over 50 food and beverage processing plants with over
 since opening in 1996 is more than $600 million.                                open landscapes, gorgeous beaches or green areas with flour-
                                                                                                                                                                  $1 billion in shipments annually
eers and support personnel are employed at the ARDC. Since opening,              ishing wildlife, while never being far from casinos, culture,
                                                                                 great shopping and dining. Presenting lovely waterfront prop-
                                                                                                                                                               • “Tomato Capital of Canada”
ms at the site while more than 20 engineering graduate students and
o used by faculty as a real-life classroom for a number of engineering           erties, attractive single-family homes and sprawling farms, the               • Largest processor of fresh-water fish in North America
 earch and development opportunities, it benefits students, faculty and          Windsor-Essex, Ontario real estate market has much to offer to                • Premier Canadian wine region featuring 14 major
                                                                                 prospective homeowners from all walks of life.                                   wineries producing award-winning wines
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                    St. Clair College’s many initiatives
    How the region’s premier vocational institute is expanding its offerings
   St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology is expe-
riencing a renaissance with new programs and facilities. With
more than $50 million dollars of new capital investment, the
college is moving to an era that will expand and enhance the
school’s great tradition of learning and innovation, and provide
students with an education that they can take directly into the
working world.
   This year, more than 8,200 students enrolled between the
three campuses – South campus, the St. Clair College Cen-
tre for the Arts (downtown), and the Thames campus in
Chatham. These students are enrolled in the more than 90 full-
time programs, as well as in the many part-time, community and
e-learning programs offered at St. Clair spanning a wide range
of subject areas.
   The college continues to be an important asset in Windsor-
Essex and Chatham-Kent. Through its commitment to higher ed-
ucation, the college offers applied knowledge and skills training                 A proposed design for St. Clair College’s healthplex facility to be located on the college’s Chatham campus. The facility is one of several projects currently
that prepares students for real-world employment opportunities.                   underway at St. Clair.
   Many of the programs offered include learning partnerships
and internships with industry, business, healthcare providers                       meet the changing needs of news reporting in Canada. The                           new careers. It provides financial help to pay for tuition,
and community organizations. St. Clair graduates can be found                       newsplex is expected to be ready to accept new students in                         living expenses, care for dependents, travel, transportation,
making a difference in southwestern Ontario, across the prov-                       the fall of 2010.                                                                  disability supports and books. This is an important role for
ince and the country.                                                             • The St. Clair College Centre for the Arts is now home to                           St. Clair College to play in the lives of people who may be
                                                                                    more than 275 students enrolled in the new border services                         facing career transitions in the changing Canadian economy.
Recent developments at St. Clair include:                                           diploma program. The new students will receive the                               • Thames Campus in Chatham will be expanding its academic
• The new $32-million Centre for Applied Health Sciences,                           knowledge and skills to better position them to serve in                           space with a 20,000 sq. ft. expansion in the near future.
  a partnership with the federal and provincial governments,                        various aspects of border security, customs, immigration,                          This new expansion will be the home of technology and
  will allow St. Clair College to meet the increasing demand                        food inspection and logistics. The program was developed                           skilled trades programs which will provide students with the
  for healthcare practitioners. The construction on this new                        to reflect the significant changes that have taken place in the                    skills necessary to meet the opportunities of an increasingly
  Windsor campus centre is to be finished by March 2011.                            Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).                                            diversified economy.
• The journalism program has received federal funding                             • More than 800 students are part of the Second Career                             • Both the Windsor and Chatham campus sites will enjoy
  of more than $5 million towards the construction of a                             Strategy launched by the Ontario Ministry of Training,                             new healthplex facilities, which will feature fitness centres,
  convergence newsplex facility. New classrooms and                                 Colleges and Universities. This program pays for the                               running tracks, gymnasiums and classrooms. It is space that
  equipment will be designed to give students the ability to                        education that unemployed adults may require to retrain for                        will provide amenities and services of a wide variety in order
                                                                                                                                                                       that students, staff and the community can further their own
                                                                                                                                                                       individual healthy lifestyle regimes. With gym facilities as
                                                                                                                                                                       part of this complex, St. Clair College will also have the
                                                                                                                                                                       opportunity to host larger athletic events from local high
                                                                                                                                                                       school tournaments to provincial and national competitions.
                                                                                                                                                                       The healthplex in Windsor will be a 75,000 sq. ft. facility
                                                                                                                                                                       with a 10,000 sq. ft. fitness centre, triple gym, classroom
                                                                                                                                                                       space, elevated running track and space for aerobics, pilates
                                                                                                                                                                       and yoga classes. Chatham’s 45,000 sq. ft. HealthPlex will
                                                                                                                                                                       feature a double gym, a running track, a 5,000 sq. ft. fitness
                                                                                                                                                                       centre, space for aerobics, pilates and yoga classes, and
                                                                                                                                                                       classroom space.
                                                                                                                                                                     • Building on its solid foundation, St. Clair College has
                                                                                                                                                                       many reasons to celebrate. This is a dynamic place where
A proposed design for St. Clair College’s healthplex facility to be located at the college’s main campus in Windsor. The healthplex facility would include             knowledge and experience create a career opportunity for
fitness centres, running tracks, gymnasiums and classrooms.                                                                                                            today’s student in tomorrow’s world.
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                     A helping hand for entrepreneurs
             Providing local small business owners with                                                                                   import, export, government programs and services
                                                                                                                                        • Seminars, training programs and information sessions

                       resources to help them succeed                                                                                   • Business plan development and assistance
                                                                                                                                        • Walk-in small business resource centre for business
                                                                                                                                          research purposes
   The WindsorEssex Small Business Centre is part of a large        accurate and insightful information specific to each client’s       • Computer workstation with internet access and business
network of offices across Ontario that provides direct support      unique business needs make this an essential and sought-after         application software
to the small business community. Operating locally as a de-         service. The SBC’s consulting service is confidential and is free   • Young Entrepreneur Strategy and Programs including
partment of the WindsorEssex Development Commission in              of charge.                                                            Summer Company, Secondary School Business Plan
partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and              Locations in both Windsor and Kingsville provide easy ac-          Competition, Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Trade, the centre is a one-stop source for business information,    cess to the tools, resources and support required to help new       • Mentoring and networking opportunities
guidance and professional advice on starting and operating a        entrepreneurs navigate through the start-up process and sustain     • Referrals to business specialists for professional advice on
successful small business.                                          a successful business. Whether an individual is a young entre-        legal, tax, accounting issues
   The Small Business Centre is dedicated to helping small          preneur, retiree, new Canadian or in career transition, the re-     • Website and calendar of events for the small business
business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in today’s ever-          sources are designed to meet a variety of needs.                      community at large
changing business market. Whether an individual is thinking         Resources include:
about opening a business, formulating a business plan, or un-       • On site consulting services – entrepreneurs are provided with               WindsorEssex Small Business Centre
dergoing change in an established business, the SBC has the           easy access to business consulting services and information                 333 Riverside Dr. W., Suite 217,
expertise to help.                                                    covering everything from regulatory aspects, business taxation,             Windsor, ON N9A 5K4
   Whether the business is in the start-up phase, or has existed      management, marketing, business planning and financing.                     T. 519.253.6900
for up to five years, individuals can anticipate personal service   • Extensive business related resources including publications,                info@windsoressexsmallbusiness.com
from an experienced team of small business advisors. Timely,          market research, statistics, websites, business planning,                   www.windsoressexsmallbusiness.com
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                                          Investing in infrastructure
    new developments
          creating jobs,
  enhancing confidence

   The amount of infrastructure investment currently underway
or in the planning stages in the Windsor-Essex Region is pro-
viding renewed vigor to the region. All levels of government
are contributing funding to projects that will enhance Wind-
sor’s attractiveness as a multifaceted border community with
services designed for all types of business.
   One project, the construction of a new border crossing, rep-
resents the largest infrastructure project currently underway in
Canada in terms of size, investment and forecasted economic
impact. Construction of the border crossing and access road is
expected to create more than 15,000 jobs in Windsor-Essex.
   The project is part of a $5-billion bi-national effort to cre-
ate a new Detroit River bridge. Preliminary work will begin
this fall on the approach route to the new bridge. Recently, the
provincial cabinet approved the environmental assessment for
the Windsor-Essex Parkway. The six km parkway in the Hu-                    The Ambassador Bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit. The construction of a new Detroit River bridge will increase accessibility on both sides of the
ron Church Road-Talbot Road corridor includes 11 overpasses                 border, potentially bringing additional investment to the region. Photo Credit: Windsor Port Authority
that will cover 1.8 km of the route, creating 300 acres of green
space. The Windsor-Essex Parkway is estimated to cost $1.6                     Windsor’s border crossing to the U.S. is one of the most im-                 include the extension of Wyandotte St. E. and enhancements
billion (CDN), bringing investments in Windsor-Essex that will              portant contributors to the region from an economic standpoint.                 to the Windsor Airport. The city has also allotted funding to
total more than $3.5 billion. The construction will create ap-              Companies decide to locate in or near Windsor for its proximity                 recreational facility projects including the McHugh Soccer
proximately 12,000 project-related jobs, with the majority in               to large markets in the United States. The investment in extend-                Complex, the Ojibway Prairie Complex and the Adie Knox
the Windsor-Essex Region.                                                   ed border services will only further entice companies searching                 Herman Pool.
   In fall 2009, construction will begin on two overpass bridges            for a business location with easy access to some of the largest                    In addition to providing recreational venues for people of all
and a two-km sound barrier wall. When combined with the                     consumer markets in the world.                                                  ages in Windsor to live active, health lifestyles, these invest-
provincially funded $50-million underpass project on Howard                    A number of other projects are taking shape in Windsor-                      ments in infrastructure are also contributing to the local econo-
Avenue, these projects will result in about 1,300 new jobs in               Essex. Windsor City Council recently approved $13.3 million                     my through the creation of jobs, and the purchasing of services
Windsor-Essex this year.                                                    in funding for a variety of infrastructure projects. Projects                   and materials from local companies.
                                                                                                                                                               Communities in Essex County will benefit from joint fed-
                                                                                                                                                            eral and provincial funding to improve community recreational
                                                                                                                                                            infrastructure, announced under the Recreational Infrastruc-
                                                                                                                                                            ture Canada program in Ontario – RICOntario and Recreation
                                                                                                                                                            Ontario – Ontario REC.
                                                                                                                                                               These projects will provide stimulus to the local economy
                                                                                                                                                            through investments that will spur construction activity related
                                                                                                                                                            to recreational infrastructure.
                                                                                                                                                               The Ontario government has also committed $20.7 million to
                                                                                                                                                            widen Highway 3 from Windsor to Leamington.
                                                                                                                                                               Funding from all three levels of government are helping to
                                                                                                                                                            create jobs and enhance the region’s economic competitiveness.
                                                                                                                                                            The confidence displayed in Windsor-Essex from the provincial
                                                                                                                                                            and federal governments shows that the region is primed and
New investments in Windsor-Essex include enhancements to the Windsor Airport. Photo Credit: Windsor Airport                                                 ready for economic success.
 1                  PersPeCtIvetm                     WIndsor-essex                                         Clean Water. Green Spaces. Clear Choice.


           Working towards
            sustainability
          How eco-consciousness can
         create economic opportunities

   There’s no question that a healthy environ-         of Canada, its residents enjoy more than 100
ment, the human health of a community’s resi-          miles of shoreline, rivers, Carolinian forests,
dents, and its economy are all intrinsically linked.   wetlands, unique alvars and the best tall grass
That’s why for more than 35 years, the Essex           prairie remaining in Canada. The Windsor-
Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) has               Essex Region has an excellent network of trails
been working with many partners to implement           and recreational opportunities, is uniquely po-
the environmental improvements necessary to            sitioned on the spring and fall bird migration
create a sustainable environment for this region.      route, and enjoys a close relationship the City
   Dr. Richard Florida, one of the world’s lead-       of Detroit. Windsor-Essex also has convenient
ing public intellectuals on economic competi-          access to conservation areas, environmental
tiveness, demographic trends and innovation,           interpretive programs and opportunities to take
has identified the features that attract creative      positive environmental action through volun-
people and economic growth. Green spaces and           teer groups and community events.
a healthy environment were at the top of this             What’s more, real progress is being made in
list. As well, natural areas and parks are recog-      creating a future of sustainability. The percent-
nized as the most attractive features for tourists     age of land in the Windsor-Essex Region that is
to visit in the Windsor-Essex Region. During           covered in forest continues to increase, as ERCA
these challenging economic times, it is critically     has recently planted its five-millionth tree.
important that the Windsor-Essex community             Water quality improvements in our watersheds
considers that an investment in the sustainable        and surrounding Great Lakes are being made, and
natural resources in this region is essential if it    Wheatley Harbour, formerly considered an envi-
is to flourish and offer a high quality of life to     ronmental hotspot, is about to be removed from
attract employers, tourists and residents.             the list of areas of concern. More trails are being
     “ERCA and its partners continue to work           created, connecting more communities each year,
diligently toward creating this desired real-          and these are just a sampling of the many envi-
ity – a community with adequate green spaces,          ronmental successes that are being realized.
clean and healthy sources of drinking water,                “There has never been a more exciting
natural areas to recreate, and an interconnec-         time to be involved in watershed protection
tion of trails for hiking, biking and alternative      because of the positive impact that it can have
forms of transportation,” explains Ken Schmidt,        for the community as a whole,” says Schmidt.
ERCA’s General Manager. “What’s more, there            “Healthy watersheds ensure that we continue to
                                                                                                             The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) is working with the
is tremendous potential for the creation of green      enjoy Great Lakes and all the waterways that
                                                                                                             Windsor-Essex community to create a future of sustainability for this
jobs in this area through the manufacturing of         connect us.”
renewable energy solutions. Strengthening part-           Investment in environmental protection and
                                                                                                             region. A healthy environment, vibrant economy and the human
nerships, building on successes and investing in       enhancement serves to safeguard the greatest          health of our residents are all connected. To learn more about
the natural resources of this region will benefit      assets that this region has, and will be returned     how we can all work together to improve the environment,
the entire community and is the path to rebuild-       many times over with resulting economic devel-        visit our website.
ing economic prosperity.”                              opment. Balancing human and environmental                                                                      Essex Region
   The Windsor-Essex Region is special in
many ways. As the southern-most peninsula
                                                       needs has been ERCA’s priority for the past 35
                                                       years and is now more important than ever.            www.erca.org                                             Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                      Authority
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                           A multimodal hub for business
         transportation
       amenities connect
        Windsor-essex to
               the world


   Windsor-Essex’s location in southwestern Ontario, at the
midpoint of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, puts it
smack dab in the middle of what is referred to as a multi-modal
region. It is a key point of entry for international trade to the
economic heartland of the United States and large consumer
markets. This is because it has immediate access to the airport,
rail, highways and sea ports, and it’s especially unique because
all of these modes meet at the busiest international border cross-
ing in North America.
   More than 40 million people in North America live within an
                                                                     Windsor-Essex’s multimodal offerings, including the Ambassador Bridge and waterborne shipping infrastructure seen here, also includes the Windsor
eight-hour drive of Windsor-Essex. Strategically located at the      International Airport and rail service. Photo Credit: Windsor Port Authority
western terminus of Highway 401, which connects through the
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and the Ambassador Bridge to the U.S.
interstate system, the region will benefit tremendously from the     Wayne County airports, less than 45 minutes away. Windsor                     17 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes
construction of a second U.S.-Canada bridge, currently in the        International Airport offers numerous daily flights to Pearson                on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment.
planning stages. The construction of the new border crossing         International Airport in Toronto with connection flights around                  At the HUB ‘09, local and international manufacturers,
and feeder system will begin in early 2010. The development          the world, as well as flights to warm destinations, such as Cuba              suppliers, service providers and retailers gathered to discuss
of the Windsor-Essex Parkway specifically will be the most           and the Dominican Republic. The airport has a runway length                   logistics, infrastructure and cross-border transnational en-
substantial single highway investment in provincial history.         of 9,000 feet and can handle any size of aircraft. The Detroit                gagement, as well as opportunities of implementing effective
The development includes a below-grade, six-lane freeway, a          Metropolitan Airport, ranked in the top 20 busiest airports in                supply-chain solutions.
series of 11 tunnels and accompanying service roads. In total,       the world, is also a hub for Northwest Airlines.                                 The health and prosperity of the Windsor-Essex regional
investment in the parkway alone is expected to be $1.6 billion.         The multimodal transportation assets of the Windsor-Essex                  economy depends on the timely and efficient movement of
This number is in addition to the actual border crossing itself,     Region promote the region as a recognized secure and efficient                goods and services. It is influenced by broader economic trends,
expected to be a new cable stay bridge costing approximately         supply-chain logistics hub.                                                   global trade and consumer habits and has a significant impact
$900 million. Without any doubt, the significant infrastructure         That, combined with the emergence of a diverse new econ-                   on the Windsor-Detroit transportation corridor.
investment reinforces Windsor-Essex’s position as a key North        omy that is revolutionizing advanced manufacturing, electron-                    Guests were welcomed by the WindsorEssex Develop-
American transportation hub.                                         ics, robotics plastics, agriculture, pharmaceutical and medical               ment Commission and host partners: the City of Windsor; the
   Through the deepwater Port of Windsor, the Windsor-Essex          technology, strategically position the region for rapid growth                University of Windsor, the Windsor Port Authority; Windsor
Region is right in the middle of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence        and opportunity.                                                              International Airport (YQG); the Windsor-Essex Regional Cham-
Seaway System. The region benefits from the port’s 14 marine            Leveraging upon the area’s transportation capacity, the                    ber of Commerce; and the Detroit Chamber of Commerce.
terminals handling more than five million tonnes of cargo an-        Windsor-Essex region hosted the Hub ’09 multimodal confer-                       The following sponsors played an integral role in the over-
nually. The port has more than 16,000 feet of berthing space,        ence. On May 5th and 6th, 2009, more than 300 registrants at-                 all success of HUB’09: Rosati Group; Grand Central Business
449,000 sq. ft. of warehousing and 220 acres of outdoor storage      tended a two-day conference at Caesars Windsor where business                 Park; AM800 CKLW; GPSNetTechnologies Inc.; Kelcom;
available, which makes it one of the top 15 ports in Canada able     and industry leaders came together from across Canada and the                 Groove Identification Solutions Inc.; Dillon Consulting; Luf-
to handle any marine logistics requirements.                         United States. Platinum sponsors, The Rosati Group and Grand                  thansa Consulting; and Wheeler’s Printing and Copying.
   Completing the multimodal capacity of the Windsor-Essex           Central Business Park, presented keynote speaker Jeremy Rifkin                   The conference attracted registrants from Michigan, Ohio,
Region, air transportation capabilities are offered by the lo-       at the kick-off HUB ‘09 dinner. Mr. Rifkin is President of the                Texas and across Ontario, including local businesses, elected
cal Windsor International Airport as well as Detroit Metro and       Foundation on Economic Trends and the best-selling author of                  officials from all levels of government and academics.
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             Artistic delights
                    A look at Windsor’s
                    cultural community

  Windsor-Essex is alive with arts and culture.      of resources such as a hand press donated by the
The region has a long and great heritage of pro-     Amherstburg Echo, used to print its first edition
moting expression through a number of artistic       in 1874. The museum displays an early French
pursuits. Here are but a few of the region’s many    framed, log-styled home with an original 1850s
cultural offerings.                                  fireplace and features displays of early 1800s
                                                     daily life, while the second floor houses exhibits
Art Gallery of Windsor                               of pioneer and recent artifacts.
   The Art Gallery of Windsor, the region’s pub-        Migration Hall Kingsville has been a venue
lic art museum, has a collection of more than        for many professional and community artists
3,000 works of art. All works are relevant to        and this year will prove no different. Having al-
Canada’s cultural heritage, and cover the period     ready seen Bill Cayley The Legend in Black: a
from about 1750 through the present day. The         Tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash at
gallery adds an average of 50 works per year to      the beginning of the year, the hall is now buzz-
its permanent collection.                            ing with high school, community and profes-

Odette Sculpture Park
                                                     sional events.
                                                                                                               Visit Windsor-Essex and raise your spirits!
   It is said that beauty is in the eye of the be-   Windsor International                                     Imagine great getaways, delicious dining, exciting excursions and non-stop nightlife just a
holder. Well, Windsor-Essex has some sites to        Film Festival                                             short drive away. Bring an appetite for adventure and make your way to Windsor, Essex County
behold. Take in the murals that depict the area’s       The Windsor International Film Festival                and Pelee Island. Affordable and accessible, this region resounds with life!
past and present in Olde Sandwich Towne, Ford        (WIFF) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization
City and the town of Essex. Stroll along the         with a mission to recognize and celebrate the art         Culinary opportunities abound in Windsor-Essex. Taste the good life as the bounty of our
Detroit River and take in the Odette Sculpture       of cinema by showcasing Canadian and interna-             agricultural region inspires local chefs to new heights. Tour and taste at one (or more!)
Park. Windsor was recognized by the Sculpture        tional films and filmmakers. Through its exhibi-          of the fourteen wineries of the Lake Erie North Shore or the Canadian Club Brand Center.
Society of Canada for our publicly accessible        tion, education, and community development
                                                                                                               Live the high life at Caesars Windsor, Canada’s largest casino resort. Lavish amenities
art. Enjoy works from Canada’s own Group of          programs, WIFF builds audiences for Canadian
                                                                                                               include two hotel towers featuring 758 beautifully designed guest rooms, five fabulous
Seven, on display at the beautiful Canadian Club     content and talent, provides training opportunities
                                                                                                               restaurants, a 5,000-seat entertainment facility showcasing A-list acts and of course the
Distillery Brand Centre.                             for emerging filmmakers, and promotes the cre-
                                                                                                               thrilling, non-stop Vegas-style gaming!
                                                     ative economy of Windsor and Essex County.
Museums                                                 One of the festival’s main objectives is to            Windsor Essex is hopping all year-round with fun festivals and events. Information on the
   A great family outing and learning experi-        grow a successful and well-organized annual               October Migration Festival, the Windsor International Film Festival and so much more can
ence, the Southwestern Ontario Heritage Village      film festival and monthly screening series and            be found at visitwindsor.com.
is centrally located in the town of Essex and        to showcase local, regional and national tal-
features a number of 19th century buildings in-      ent including actors, writers, directors, pro-            Get back to the simple life with visits to our beautiful
cluding log cabins, barber/cobbler shop, church,     ducers and prominent industry professionals.              parks and natural areas. The region is world-renowned
school and general store through which you can       WIFF also looks forward to establishing part-             for the annual migrations of birds and butterflies. For an
enjoy a guided tour. The Transportation Muse-        nerships with local schools and organizations             exceptionally peaceful retreat, take a trip via ferry boat to
um is home to a variety of antique vehicles: car-    to foster a sense of entitlement and belonging            Pelee Island – and set your clock to “island time.”
riages, cars, commercial trucks, fire trucks, and    in our community and to increase youth and
                                                                                                               Be sure to take it all in and live life to the fullest in
a “Canadians on the Move” exhibit. School and        student access to fine Canadian and inter-
                                                                                                               Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island.
community groups welcome.                            national film. WIFF also aims to encourage
   Located in the heart of Amherstburg, the Park     tourism and business development opportu-
House Museum, built in late 1700s, now edu-          nities in the local community and promotes                Windsor-Essex is full of life!
cates the public, including school children from     Windsor and Essex County as a thriving and
Ontario, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois in the use     vibrant cultural destination.
                                                                                                               For free travel information check out visitwindsor.com or call 1-800-265-3633.
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                                                  Enjoy your retirement
           Find everything you need in Windsor-essex                                                                                       Windsor-Essex is a culturally diverse region featuring the
                                                                                                                                        Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW), nationally acclaimed per-
                                                                                                                                        formances by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra; premier en-
                                                                                                                                        tertainment at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts; The Windsor
   Enjoy the good life, the amazing nature, stay active, be enter-     In Windsor-Essex, luxury retirement developments are un-         Light Music Theatre; and whimsical works of art in the Odette
tained. It’s all possible if you are retiring in the Windsor-Essex   der construction, completed or scheduled to break ground,          Sculpture Gardens.
Peninsula. Cultural and historical landmarks, groomed gardens        and will account for $90 million in private money between             Experience year-round entertainment with the region’s 45
or natural areas, gaming, international cuisine, events and festi-   2007 and 2010.                                                     festivals and events as part of the Canada South Festival Net-
vals galore await!                                                                                                                                              work: the Amherstburg Heritage Home-
   Windsor-Essex is an excellent com-                                                                                                                           coming, the Art in the Park, the Boblo
munity in which to spend your golden                                                                                                                            Island Jazz International Festival, the
years. A combination of amenities, rec-                                                                                                                         Essex Fun Fest, the Windsor Interna-
reational opportunities and affordable                                                                                                                          tional Fringe Festival, the Dragon Boat
housing make the City of Windsor and                                                                                                                            Festival, Festival Epicure, Shores of Erie
Essex County a great place to live.                                                                                                                             Wine Festival, the Leamington Tomato
   But more than that, the region offers a                                                                                                                      Festival, the Media City Film Festival,
community where people feel at home.                                                                                                                            Tecumseh’s Corn Fest, the Windsor In-
Warm hospitality, community events                                                                                                                              ternational Air Show or the Windsor Film
and a reputation for a great quality of life                                                                                                                    Fest, to name a few.
has been bringing people to Windsor-                                                                                                                               The Windsor-Essex Region is home to
Essex for years, and will no doubt con-                                                                                                                         leading healthcare specialists and facili-
tinue to do so for years to come.                                                                                                                               ties that include two municipal and one
   The region’s landscape is as varied                                                                                                                          county hospital providing 1,000 acute-
as its people. Rural roads lead to small                                                                                                                        care beds; the state-of-the-art Windsor
towns and communities that offer na-                                                                                                                            Regional Cancer Centre; 20 long-term
ture, award-winning vintages, or the his-                                                                                                                       care facilities; the University of Wind-
tory that makes Windsor-Essex unique.                                                                                                                           sor’s new Schulich School of Medicine
The region’s wineries consistently re-                                                                                                                          and Dentistry; plus expedient access
ceive top marks for producing vintages                                                                                                                          to world-class hospitals in Detroit, the
coveted throughout the world.                                                                                                                                   University of Michigan Health System in
   Pelee Island, an oasis of green in Lake                                                                                                                      Ann Arbor, and London Health Sciences
Erie, beckons with a leisurely pace,                                                                                                                            Centre in London, Ontario.
quiet country roads, pristine beaches                                                                                                                              Northbound, southbound or globe-trot-
and more. Explore why people return to                                                                                                                          ting, Windsor-Essex residents can travel
Pelee time and again.                                                                                                                                           with ease. Considered the gateway con-
   The Windsor-Essex Peninsula is                                                                                                                               nection between Canada and the U.S.,
Ontario’s and Canada’s southernmost                                                                                                                             the region is a major transportation hub
point. South of Detroit, Michigan, the                                                                                                                          for air, rail, truck and marine services.
peninsula is bordered by Lake Erie, the                                                                                                                            Windsor International Airport offers
Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.                                                                                                                               easy access to scheduled airlines, private
   On the same latitude with northern                                                                                                                           and executive charters, medi-vac and
California and southern Italy, Windsor-                                                                                                                         freight services. Experience no-hassle
Essex enjoys a temperate climate with                                                                                                                           regular flights to warm destinations such
long summers and moderate winters.                                                                                                                              as Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
   The region’s recreational playground                                                                                                                            Only 30 minutes away, Detroit Metro
and Canada’s most biologically diverse                                                                                                                          International Airport offers frequent
region offers 20 conservation areas and                                                                                                                         flights daily to the southern U.S. and
three islands for hiking, birding, kayaking, camping and diving         Take in premier 24-hour gaming and star performers at the       international destinations. Also, Via Rail is located close to
for shipwrecks. Cross-country ski through miles of woodlands         new Caesars Windsor, live harness-racing and slots at Windsor      downtown Windsor, offering quick access to frequent daily
and along shorelines. Enjoy an extended golf season on 35 golf       Raceway, 14 estate wineries, fairs and festivals, multi-cultural   departures, and, located within a 30-minute drive, Amtrak of-
courses, fresh water fishing and a boater’s paradise with more       celebrations, botanical gardens and bird sanctuaries, and major-   fers its services through its two stations located across the river
than 30,000 watercraft and 2,800 marine berths.                      league teams in Detroit.                                           in Detroit.
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