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  January  2016

Welcome to our Made in Welland Winter Edition. We hope you had an amazing holiday and were able to take time with family and friends while enjoing some of the events happening in our wonderful city.  So many amazing things are happening in Welland, we have filled you in on a few below. 

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Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office   

Welland in Top 10 of Canada's Most Business Friendly Places

Welland-in-top-10 surveyed 50 of the country's largest municipalities to find the ones with burgeoning markets, the lowest costs and the most amenable tax and regulatory regimes. Looking for a municipality that's open for business? Above are Canada's Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2015:

trivium quote Welland Mayor Frank Campion said he could go 'on and on' about why Welland is a good place to do business.
   The city has been recognized by as one of Canada's most business-friendly places, placing ninth on a list of 10 Canadian cities.
   Campion said that the list included many larger municipalities and that "it's nice to be in the same company of some of those places."
   The list was one of three which made up the publication's first annual directory of Canada's Best Places for Business.
   The list that included Welland ranked cities based on business-friendly tax and regulatory regimes.
"We have a very great and accommodating City Hall," Campion said. "I think that's one of our big advantages, you know, I hear from a lot of developers that we're a great place to do business when they come to City Hall."

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Finding Room to Grow in Welland

Bertie Clinton Insurance moving to Welland
Bertie and Clinton Insurance board member Brian Heaslip unveils plans for a new head office for the company_ at the former Tallman Transports location on Niagara Street_ on Thursday October 29_ 2015 in Welland_ Ont. Allan Benner_Welland Tribune_Postmedia Network

With expansion plans that include creating up to 25 more jobs in the next five years, Bertie and Clinton Mutual Insurance Company is moving to Welland.
    Insurance company board president Larry Hipple announced Thursday that the business has outgrown its current offices located in Thorold on Merrittville Highway near the intersection of Regional Road 20, and will be moving into the old Tallman Transports building just down the road in Welland.
    Board member Brian Heaslip, who led the insurance company's development plans, said he searched "all over the region, looking for properties" before finding the former trucking company property just down the road.

Atlantic Biodiesel Celebrates its First Pour

Atlantic Biodiesel plant
The Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Welland. Greg Furminger Welland Tribune Postmedia Network

Government needs to do more to support Canada's emerging biodiesel industry, stakeholders heard Friday during a ceremonial "first pour" of the renewable fuel at a Welland-based producer.

   Although product has been leaving its St. Clair Drive plant in past weeks, Atlantic Biodiesel saw its first high-grade fuel poured into a rail car at the Dain City facility since operations began about four months ago.
   Unlike the diesel used in big rigs and park tractors, this Atlantic fuel has a very faint odour.

New Company Promises Security, Affordability


A Welland entrepreneur and electrical engineer is gearing up to launch his new company Tailwind. 
   Scott Riesebosch said the idea for the smart home monitoring system came from his frustrations in his own quest for control and security. 
   "Tailwind was born out of my own experiences. I had gotten up more than once in the morning to find the garage door open, both in our previous home and in this one," Riesebosch said.  "So I started looking for a product that would make sure my garage door was always closed. And I found them on the market but they were over $100." 
   He said the price-point got him thinking there had to be a better, cheaper, way. 
  "So me being me - I don't like to pay a lot for things, I'm very economically minded - and so I didn't buy any of those products but I said 'there has to be a better way, this is too expensive.'" 
   Riesebosh has experience starting a company in the past. He created CRS Electronics in Welland and worked there for 18 years, until it fell on hard-times and closed. 
   "So in true entrepreneurial fashion, I started another company," he said.
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Economic Development Efforts are Working 
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As much as $200 million has been invested in Welland over the past five years, said Welland Development Com-mission chairman Mike Melinyshyn.
   "It's a staggering number," he said. 
  Melinyshyn was at Tuesday's city council meeting with economic development officer Dan Degazio to discuss the organization's achievements during the past five years.


Canada Ontario Job Grant Summary 
Niagara and Hamilton Teaming Up on Sports Analytics 

Niagara Knights soccer player Any Heim runs drills as his teammates look on during a recent SoccerFit demonstration at the Youngs Sportsplex. STEVE HENSCHEL /STAFF PHOTOtext here.

WELLAND - Cutting edge soccer training might be coming to Welland.
Representatives of SportsLab and SoccerFit visited the Youngs Sportsplex recently to run a short training demon-stration for local players. The demonstration however could be just the beginning as SoccerFit, a Brazilian sports analytics firm, moves to make the Hamilton-Niagara corridor home, relying on the business development expertise of SportsLab, as part of Americas Investment Playbook.

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Coming in January 2016: The Employer One Survey 
The Niagara Workforce Planning Board believes that one of the best ways we can support both small businesses, and the local economy as a whole, is through the Employer One survey. The results of Employer One will provide Niagara with a unique set of data on labour turnover, recruitment difficulties, current and future skill shortages, as well as issues in training and education practices. This is information we need to grow as region, and it is sadly absent from Statistics Canada's standard labour force surveys. Your participation in the Employer One survey in January 2016 will help make this possible.
Adam Durrant, Research and Project Manager
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