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April 2018 - Spring Has Sprung
Cannes Trip an Investment
in Welland's Future
A MIPIM _March_ International des Professionnels d_Immobilier_ magazine article featuring Welland Mayor Frank Campion and City of Toronto councillor Michael Thompson. The four-day real estate exhibition_ conference and networking event gathers 26_000 international property professionals in Cannes_ France. Campion headed a Welland delegation that was part of an alliance of municipal and provincial government agencies that attended the event. - Dave Johnson_The Welland Tribune

City officials met with numerous international parties
A trip to Cannes during the March Break was no vacation for Mayor Frank Campion and two of the city's top officials, rather it was investment in Welland's future.

An investment that has already seen a participant in the four-day Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier ( MIPIM) reach out to set up a meeting in the Rose City.

Entrepreneurial Approach
Pays Off for Welland
- Special to The Welland Tribune

Welland isn't sitting back and waiting for things to happen, not waiting for investors and new business to approach the city, and a 2017 report released Monday shows that, said Mayor Frank Campion.

"I think for years people thought, 'It's going to happen, it's going to happen, it's going to happen.' They sat by the phone, thinking maybe they'd get that phone call. I come from a very strong marketing background and that's not how you make money," said Campion as he spoke about Welland's annual report.

River Road Land Approved for
Industrial Subdivision
River Road
The City of Welland recently changed zoning at 570 River Road to allow for an industrial subdivision and solar park to go in to the south and east of Youngs Sportsplex. - Dave Johnson_The Welland Tribune

With Welland running out of serviced industrial land council recently approved opening up 30.8 acres (12 hectares) in the city's north end to meet the growing need of investors and potential new businesses.

"We're close to selling out at Enterprise Industrial Park off Highway 140, and there are other projects in the planning stages," said city planner Grant Munday.

Munday said the city wanted to make sure it had open property to avoid having a shortage of industrial land.

GE Welland Brilliant Factory
Ready to Go this Summer
A worker watches as a stack is put into place at GE_s Welland Brilliant Factory this week. - Dave Johnson _ The Welland Tribune

About 220 jobs will be created to produce reciprocating gas engines and more

Parts should start rolling off the production line at GE's Brilliant Factory in Welland this summer, as construction on the 450,000 sq. foot facility is progressing well, said Jenna LaPlante, GE Canada's company's director of communications and public affairs.

Construction on the multimodal manufacturing plant, on the west side of Highway 140 between Buchner Road and Silverthorn Street, began in 2016 and saw the creation of new turning lanes on the highway in 2017 to accommodate future traffic from the facility.

LaPlante said the company is on track with its hiring plan, which will see about 220 jobs created.

Update for Welland Brownfield Programs
Update Atlas grounds
The former Atlas Steel lands on East Main Street_ seen here in this September photo_ are just one of many sets of brownfield lands Welland has. The city is updating its 11 year old brownfield community improvement program. File photo

Welland is on top of the heap when it comes to incentivizing its brownfield community improvement programs and has success stories it can share and build off of, a consultant told city council this week.

Luciana Piccioni, president of  RCI Consulting, was before council Tuesday night to talk about Welland's draft brownfield community improvement program, an 11-year-old document in need of a review and update.

Piccioni went through four programs the city currently has in place - an environmental site assessment grant program ( ESA), brownfields tax assistance program ( TAP), brownfields rehabilitation grant program ( TIG), and brownfields planning and building permit fees refund program - and what needed to be updated and changed with each.

Record Year for Development in Welland
Record Year
Workers are shown on the site of Silvergate Homes construction on Memorial Park Drive in Welland Tuesday. _Michelle Allenberg_Welland Tribune_

Development in Welland is thriving and city staff expect that growth to continue.
In 2017 the city saw a record for building and residential growth. During the past 10 years the city has seen a steady increase in building permits and there is no end in sight.

In 2016 the city issued 622 permits representing projects valued at $81.7 million. During 2017, 726 permits were issued, representing projects valued at more than $164.5 million. Mayor Frank Campion said he expects the city will issue about 700 permits this year, possibly more.

Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development
Corporation of the City of Welland
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