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Niagara College research division gets $7.3M boost
niagara college research boost
Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey_ right_ checks out some of the technology used in one of the manufacturing and research laboratories at Niagara College in Welland. Ben Laurence_ research laboratory technologist_ peers over his shoulder and tells him some of the things the program can do. _Laura Barton_Welland Tribune_Postmedia Network_

Niagara College is receiving $7.3 million from the federal government for a collaborative project with three other post-secondary institutions to support the manufacturing sector in the Golden Horseshoe.

The project, called the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation ( SONAMI), involves Niagara College's Walker Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Centre as well as the manufacturing centres of Mohawk and Sheridan colleges and McMaster University.

Condo builder buying Welland land
Condo building
The City of Welland has declared 1.64 hectares of land at the intersection of Lincoln and King streets surplus_ despite being purchased two years ago to build a new fire hall. _Allan Benner_Tribune Staff_

A high-rise condominium likely won't be added to Welland's skyline, although a Toronto-based luxury condo developer is purchasing land in the city.

City council voted Tuesday night to accept an offer from Plazacorp Investments to purchase 4.1 acres of land from the city, originally purchased in 2014 to build a new fire hall at 425 King St. and 153 Lincoln St.

The property behind the Rexall at the corner of King and Lincoln streets was declared surplus at the Nov. 29 council meetingafter developers interested in buying it contacted the city.

Keynote speaks to Niagara's impressive
GE wooing
(left) Mike Watt of Walker Industries chats with Jeremy Amin, regional manager, global operations properties, GE Canada, as part of the fireside chat at the Niagara Economic Summit at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ Postmedia Network

Speedy Niagara collaboration was cited as crucial to a decision by a manufacturer in building a large plant here.

On Thursday, Jeremy Amin, regional manager of global operations properties at General Electric Canada spoke at the Niagara Economic Summit about what sent the company to Welland.

The chosen site, off of Highway 140, is expected to add 220 jobs and be fully operational by 2018.

Galleria welcomes new stores
Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey adds some brush strokes to a canvas Pat Cassavoy_ owner of Studio Cassavoy_ has set out during the grand opening celebrations of four businesses in the Welland Galleria_ including her own. Laura Barton_Welland Tribune_Postmedia Network

The Welland Galleria is beginning to fill up as more businesses move to the downtown core.

Despite being open for three years, there are still many people that don't know where or what the galleria is.

"It's like a quaint little mall right here in downtown Welland," said Stephanie Hicks, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.

The 12-unit shopping centre was once The Peoples store, but was transformed in 2013 to accommodate smaller businesses.

Inspire Hair Design has been there for two years already, but on Friday some other businesses officially joined it. The grand opening for four businesses was celebrated with cake and ribbon-cutting.

Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development
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