City of Toronto

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, follow us on Twitter @TorontoComms or Instagram @cityofto.



Tourism Toronto

Vibrant, eclectic and cool, there has never been a better time to visit Toronto. Recently named one of the Top Places to Go in 2017 by Bloomberg, Toronto has the biggest, best and brightest in music, sports, shopping and art—all garnering global attention. It's no wonder Toronto is considered Canada's Downtown!

Discover all the great things that are making Toronto so buzz-worthy—exciting attractions like Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and the CN Tower's thrilling EdgeWalk, stylish new shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom's and delicious new restaurants across the city. Additionally, 2017 is Canada's 150th anniversary of its confederation, meaning plenty of celebrations in Toronto. During your visit you'll have lots of opportunities to network and explore this diverse international city.

Now is the time to experience Toronto like never before! For more information visit www.seetorontonow.com.



Province of Ontario

Ontario is at the forefront of innovation, whether it's developing the next generation of autonomous vehicles or creating advanced robotics and automation to streamline manufacturing processes for aerospace, food processing, chemicals and cleantech. Ontario's history of nurturing a variety of sectors has given rise to a dynamic economy.

The Ontario Investment Office (OIO) is the face of international investment for the province. Through our Business Concierge Services, we deliver tailored insight and intelligence on taxes, regulations, incentives and immigration. We help investors build relationships with all levels of government and across supply chains.

Our customized site selection services include confidential property searches along with permitting and approvals coordination. We also offer pre-qualified sites through our Investment Ready: Certified Site Program.

Discover why Ontario has been named Canada's Best to Invest for two years running by visiting InvestInOntario.com/OIO.



Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Complimentary amenities include luxurious airport lounges, Starbucks coffee, premium snacks, and wine or beer onboard. Conveniently based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the airline currently offers flights to more than 20 Canadian and U.S. destinations. Visit www.flyporter.com for more information.




Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform.

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Chmura Economics & Analytics

Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington.

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DCI is "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract both investors and visitors. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including branding, websites, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (California, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Louisville) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland and Peru), to name a few. DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto.

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EMSI provides economic developers with the industry, workforce, and educational analytics necessary to understand their comparative regional strengths and use them to drive economic prosperity. Our labor market data tools and consulting services play an integral role in our clients' strategic planning, regional intelligence, and business retention and expansion efforts. We've been in business for 15 years, additionally leveraging our presence in higher education and our partnership with CareerBuilder, our parent company, to bring unique insight and data services to the table.

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Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The world leader in GIS, ESRI technology is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, and more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. ESRI's Business Analyst suite brings geography and business intelligence together, allowing economic developers to view data in revealing geographic patterns that enable better decision making. Learn more about site selection, business attraction/retention, and demographic analysis.

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Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity, serving as job creators, drivers of GDP, and a critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. In addition to being fiscal engines, they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate and participate in philanthropic endeavors. For the latest news from ICSC and the industry see www.thecenterofshopping.com.

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OCO Global

OCO Global has been providing economic development solutions for over 15 years to leading organizations such as Enterprise Florida, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Jobs Ohio, UK Trade and Investment, JETRO, Invest Hong Kong, UNCTAD and WAIPA. We also work with leading consulting firms such as PwC and EY in support of delivery as well as many private sector companies that we assist on their internationalization journey. With headquarters in Belfast, UK and offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo, we employ a multinational and multilingual staff of over 60 full time consultants specializing in Trade and Investment. For further information, please see www.ocoglobal.com.

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StateBook is the first online marketplace for site selection and economic growth and development. Explore reliable information required for site selection decisions for every community in the country, from demographics, taxes and utility costs to quality of life data like museums and golf courses. Connect with economic developers from each location to learn more about their communities, and use our robust tools to search, create meaningful reports, and more. Welcome to the new online meeting place for site selection consultants, EDO'S, business, academia and government.

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ACT is a leader in innovative workforce solutions on a national scale by helping communities, regions and states leverage its ACT WorkKeys System in successful approaches that link education and workforce development together, align to economic development and match people to jobs. These efforts include the ACT Work Ready Communities and its innovative Academy - a performance-driven program for community leaders to initiate, deploy and drive efforts that helps counties build a successful workforce development initiative through effective, sustained partnerships. Come visit our booth and learn why communities, regions and states across the US are turning to ACT for effective workforce development solutions.

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Bay Park Centre

A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, Bay Park Centre is the result of a joint effort between global real estate leaders Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address. 81 Bay Street - the first of the two towers comprising Bay Park Centre - will feature 49 floors and 1.5 million square feet of state-of-the-art offices and collaborative spaces, with expansive views of Lake Ontario and Toronto's skyline. Equipped with an extensive suite of amenities (including a one-acre elevated park connecting the two buildings), unparalleled views, and state-of-the-art offices and collaboration spaces, Bay Park Centre will accommodate the needs of the most discerning global companies.

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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Located on Toronto Island, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is Canada's sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States and welcomes 2.7 million business and leisure travellers each year.

Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines' networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto's economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs.

In 2017, Billy Bishop Airport was named one of the best airports in the world by Skytrax World Airport Awards and was named Best Airport in North America and tied for second globally in the Airports Council International 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards. In 2016, Billy Bishop Airport was named the world's fourth best airport in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.

Billy Bishop Airport is owned and operated by PortsToronto.

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BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America's leading freight transportation companies. BNSF operates approximately 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and also operates in three Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF's shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.

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Collins Barrow

Collins Barrow Toronto is one of Canada's fastest growing accounting, tax and advisory firms and an independent member of Collins Barrow, the eighth largest group of chartered professional accountants in Canada. Collins Barrow is also an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the world's eighth largest accountancy and business advisory network by combined fee income. Our client portfolio ranges from fast growing small businesses to large, established brands, all operating across a wide range of industries. We work closely with each of our clients to help them achieve their defined business goals.

Our team is actively involved in advising foreign corporations with establishing their businesses in Canada. Our clients include numerous foreign subsidiaries of significant global entities and we have advised clients from Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and North and South America on their Canadian operations. To support our foreign start-up clients, we have developed an international soft landing program to assist foreign inbound companies with establishing their businesses in North America.

With an entrepreneurial mindset, we pride ourselves in the company we keep and the value we create. Ask us anything.

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Oxford Properties Group

Oxford Properties Group is one of the world's premier real estate investment, development and management companies. Established in 1960, Oxford manages over $40 billion of real estate assets on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners, with a global portfolio spanning over 60 million square feet. We have offices across Canada and in London, Luxembourg, Boston, Washington DC and New York, with regional investment, development and management professionals who have deep real estate expertise and local market insight. Oxford is the global real estate arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario's municipal employees. For more information about our hands-on approach to real estate, visit www.oxfordproperties.com.

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Toronto Port Lands Company

A self-financing municipal corporation, Toronto Port Lands Company (TPLC) is wholly-owned by the City of Toronto and functions as an urban economic development organization. Through its development, leasing, Brownfield reclamation and land management activities, TPLC finances its own operations, funds other operations and delivers a financial dividend back to the City. As manager and facilitator of the development of the port area, TPLC is the largest land owner in the Port Lands which are an extensive regeneration area of 988 acres (400 hectares) located south of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Keating Channel/Don River. This area, rich in potential and unprecedented development opportunity, is bounded by the Toronto Inner Harbour to the west, Ashbridges Bay to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. Toronto's long-term vision for the Port Lands is to transform them into a broad mix of commercial, residential, light industrial, parks and institutional use area in an urban form.

The Port Lands are a vibrant example of the result of economic and environmental leadership in the heart of the City of Toronto. As a fully functioning port, the Toronto Port Lands sit at the core of an urban apex that connects multi-industry commerce, a Concrete Campus, miles of Brownfield reclamation and a burgeoning film and TV production hub. Plans are underway to expand the current film and production services already in the area in new and industry-leading ways. TPLC works closely with the City of Toronto to accelerate economic growth and job creation working with a wide range of public and private sector partners and stakeholders in addition to City divisions and government bodies. For more information, please visit www.TPLC.ca.

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Business Facilities

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Business Facilities is a leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. Through a bi-monthly magazine, eNewsletters, its industry-leading website, and LiveXchange event, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community for corporate site selectors and economic development organizations.

Business Facilities magazine is read by 40,000 C-level executives, corporate real estate executives and other site selection decision-makers. Published six times a year, each issue profiles state, regional and international locations. Also, the full range of the site selection experience is covered, from "how-to" information on comparing the financial incentives offered by different communities around the world, to profiles of the latest relocations undertaken by major corporations.

BusinessFacilities.com is the share of market leader among all site selection websites. With an enhanced mobile-ready design, BusinessFacilities.com provides up-to-the-minute site selection news, and industry-specific features. Resources for site selectors include a 50-state Incentives Guide, the Online Site Seekers' Guide directory, Location Spotlights and more.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only matchmaking event that connects corporate executives and site consultants that have active projects with economic development organizations from across North America. Representatives from Fortune 500 and mid-sized growth companies, plus leading site consultants meet with EDOs to discuss their relocation or expansion projects in prescheduled and confidential one-on-one meetings.

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City of Hamilton

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada's Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to provide site selection services; attract foreign direct investment; serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, expansion and retention of existing business; provide marketing and public relations; and support and attract immigrant entrepreneurship. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton.

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Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions specializes in raising public and private sector funding for economic development organizations across the country. Our clients use this funding for operations, marketing, special projects, staffing, new facilities, industrial parks and more. To maximize financial support for your organization, we develop Return on Investment (ROI) analyses for all of our campaigns, thereby illustrating the direct correlation between your program of work and your stakeholders' bottom lines. That's the key to transitioning your donors to investors and securing significantly larger commitments. Stop by our booth to learn more about the work we're currently doing in two dozen communities around the country. Convergent Nonprofit Solutions - Better fundraising. Better results.

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The Regional Municipality of Durham

Durham Region, one of Canada's growing economic communities, is made up of the cities of Oshawa and Pickering; the towns of Ajax and Whitby; the Municipality of Clarington; and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

As the largest geographic municipality in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Durham Region's population is forecasted to be approximately one million people by 2031. Durham is well positioned for continued economic and job growth, due to its strengths in sector diversification, building activity, education and skilled workforce and affordable real estate.

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GIS WebTech

GIS WebTech develops innovative technology solutions engineered specifically for economic development and site selection. The company's solutions help economic development organizations attract, retain, and expand businesses within their communities and help corporate site selectors identify and analyze ideal locations. GIS WebTech's solutions are built natively on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the world's most powerful mapping software with the most accurate demographic data available, ensuring 100% data consistency, 100% of the time. GIS WebTech is a MWBE firm.



National Community Development Services

National Community Development Services (NCDS) has conducted over 700 campaigns for community and economic development organizations in 46 states, raising over $1.7 billion. More than 100 of these campaigns have been return engagements to generate fresh capital to renew previous programs. NCDS is known as a fast track campaign company, specializing in on-time, over goal campaigns. The firm introduced the strategic initiative concept to economic development organizations in 1977, which enabled hundreds of communities to gain major funding increases for new multi-year development programs, especially from the private sector.

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Ohio University

Ohio University serves more than 23,000 students at its main Athens Campus and more than 40,000 learners worldwide. With a growing reputation for innovation, in 2015 OHIO earned the designation of Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is a catalyst for regional, state and national collective impact in entrepreneurship, the environment, and public and social engagement. Ranked as 39th of the Top 50 Most Innovative Public Service Schools in the country, the Voinovich School was also recently elevated to the top 100 U.S. News and World Report Best Public Affairs Grad Schools. Partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government and the private sector create public value by leveraging the expertise of 11 faculty members and 60 professional staff. Home to the Master of Public Administration and Environmental Studies programs, the Voinovich School engages nearly 200 students in a combination of unique, hands-on learning opportunities and networking to bring their ideas to life.



Research Consultants International FDI, Inc.

Based in Montreal, Research Consultants International FDI, Inc. is a specialized market research firm that provides customized lead generation and business intelligence services for economic development organizations and regional promotion agencies, intended to identify and capture FDI and direct investment opportunities.

We position Economic Developers in front of corporate decision makers that are seeking to expand or relocate their businesses to new geographic locations. We are focused on helping our clients create important business relationships that will serve to grow awareness of their region, promote its economic strengths and increase the likelihood of attracting direct investment.

Leading Economic Development professionals rely on our work every day. We simply deliver results.



Regional Municipality of York (York Region)

Located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Regional Municipality of York (York Region) is Canada's fastest growing region and the 2nd largest business hub in the Province of Ontario, making it a top destination in North America for business, talent and investment. York Region is home to 1.2 million residents, 600,000 jobs and over 50,000 businesses.

York Region is a top location in the GTA and Canada for Foreign Direct Investment. Over 500 foreign companies, including 15 Fortune 100 corporations, have established country head offices or corporate operations locally. These include among others IBM, AMD, Huawei, Lenovo, General Electric, Bank of China, General Motors, Oracle, Philips, Siemens, Toshiba, SAP, Honeywell, Nokia, Allstate, Honda, Johnson & Johnson, Aviva, KPMG, Hyundai, Aecom, Parsons, BMW and FedEx.

Named "Canada's largest enterprise solutions ICT cluster," York Region is home to over 4,500 Information & Communications Technology companies, the largest tech sector concentration per capita in Canada and 2nd largest overall. The Region is also Ontario's 2nd largest financial, insurance and real estate services cluster and features other nationally leading industry clusters, including Construction and Consulting Engineering, Healthcare and Life Sciences, CleanTech, Automotive and Auto Parts, Warehousing & Logistics, and Agri-Food.

Up to 25,000 new residents move to York Region annually. The Region hosts some of the most sought after communities in Canada, offering unparalleled quality of life that attracts top global talent. Half of GTA's top 100 neighborhoods are in York Region (MoneySense Magazine), as are 6 of GTA's top 10 secondary schools (Fraser Institute).

York Region's local municipalities include Markham, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and King.

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ROI Research on Investment

ROI Research on Investment is an award winning global authority on lead generation and investment attraction for economic development organizations. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 350 clients from around the world to attract job-creating, capital intensive, expansion projects. ROI's core areas of expertise include benchmarking/target industry analysis, lead generation, BR&E strategies, representation services, and customized training covering best practices in modern BR&E and investment attraction.

Following two years of R&D, ROI is pleased to announce the launch of Gazelle; the first-of-its-kind data platform. Gazelle is a powerful one-stop business intelligence platform deploying machine-learning algorithms, human curated intelligence and big data to forecast company growth. Gazelle profiles millions of companies and features over 900 industry profiles that include heat maps illustrating 14 economic indicators at the State and County levels, including: establishment and employment growth, revenues, gross profit, average salary growth, etc. ROI released a Beta version of Gazelle in the first quarter of 2017.

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USDM Digital™

USDM Digital™ is a digital consultancy and integrated marketing services company developing highly effective strategies in the public sector in economic development and tourism. Our leadership team has successfully marketed destinations online since 1993.

The company creates impact through business insights, branding, and customer engagement to generate business. USDM Digital™ leverages multi-channel market intel to identify, engage, and convert prospects in a highly competitive marketplace. USDM Digital™ delivers solutions to your strategy, online brand, web sites, integrated marketing campaigns, social media, mobile marketing, search engine marketing, and data capture, with measurable performance analytics and transparency.

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WAVTEQ provides Lead Generation Services to EDOs with key focus on helping EDOs attract FDI from Asia and Europe. WAVTEQ's team of 50 FDI experts located in our 10 offices have attracted over $10 billion of greenfield FDI projects to the US and Canada since 2014. We specialize in lead generation, road shows, trade shows, seminars, events, and in-market representation. WAVTEQ also provides the leading North America database of incentives deals (IncentivesMonitor) and corporate location advisors (FDI Professionals) as well as custom CRM systems for EDOs to track inward investment and measure ROI.

ICA is a global management advisory firm based in Amsterdam and Boston specializing in corporate location advisory, Supply Chain Management, market entry, incentives advisory, free (trade) zone development, economic development strategies, investment promotion strategies, FDI advisory and training & seminars.

Visit www.wavteq.com / www.ic-associates.com
Access WAVTEQ's special report series at www.wavteq.com/publications/

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American Express

American Express founded Small Business Saturday® in 2010 in response to the most pressing need for small business owners - getting more customers. Seven years later, communities around the nation have embraced the day as part of the holiday shopping tradition. Shoppers, businesses and government officials come together to Shop Small® and celebrate their neighborhood pride on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In 2017, the celebration will take place on November 25th. Learn more about Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small Movement at ShopSmall.com or connect with us on social at instagram.com/shopsmall, facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday, twitter.com/shopsmall.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, Plenti rewards program, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, corporate card, business travel and corporate responsibility.

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The IMPLAN economic model empowers economic developers to examine global economies to assess the total economic impact of an expansion or relocation, consequences of natural disasters, or the value of a business to a regional economy. IMPLAN helps state and local governments to:

• Estimate the potential revenue generation of new businesses for tax abatements.
• Study the impacts of tourism and conventions.
• Evaluate infrastructure and industry investment.
• Identify supply chain weakness in local economies for business attraction.
• Determine the impacts of potential business loss from the local economy.

Visit www.IMPLAN.com to learn more or contact IMPLAN today at sales@IMPLAN.com for a no-obligation consultation to evaluate your research and analysis needs.

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Resource Development Group

Resource Development Group was established in 1995 to provide experienced fundraising counsel to economic and community development organizations. RDG has worked with a wide variety of clients including chambers of commerce, community improvement corporations and economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels throughout the United States. We conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring in addition to our customized capital campaign solutions. Although we handle projects of all sizes and scopes, our specific expertise is managing multi-faceted fundraising initiatives in complex regions comprised of multiple political jurisdictions.

Our team of seasoned professionals includes five principals, three of whom are owners and has more than a century of collective experience in the art and science of economic development fundraising. We have managed more than 150 economic/community development funding engagements generating over $1.5 billion in operating revenue for our client organizations.

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TIP Strategies

Established in 1995, TIP Strategies, Inc. has worked with communities throughout the country to develop innovative, publicly supported economic development strategies. Our team members have experience with a variety of clients across the United States, including cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, regional planning organizations, and workforce development boards. While our demographic and industry analyses serve as the foundation for our strategic plans, we pride ourselves on our ability to think creatively—we develop a vision that is supported by the data, but not driven by it. Our approach places a premium on well-informed decision-making, sound planning practices, and a commitment to the future.

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East Harbour

Located on a 60-acre site directly east of Toronto's downtown core, East Harbour is the largest commercial project currently planned in Canada under development by First Gulf and Colliers. Once complete, this 13-million square foot, unique mix of office, retail, and institutional developments will employ more than 50,000 workers. With the population of the GTA estimated to reach 9.4 million by 2041, Toronto needs a major new employment node in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the global competition for talent. East Harbour will be a development catalyst for critical infrastructure projects in and around the area, and will transform a previously inaccessible site into a world-class centre for art, commerce, and healthy living.

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Regional Municipality of Halton

Halton Region - One of the best places in Canada to live and do business.

Located just 30 minutes west of downtown Toronto and in close proximity to the U.S border and a market exceeding 6 million people within an hour's drive, Halton is the fastest growing region in Ontario and one of the best places to invest, do business and live in Canada. Businesses in each of Halton's four communities, Burlington, Milton, Oakville and Halton Hills benefit from a deep talent pool of professionals, access to leading educational institutions, connections to major markets and a high quality of life. Visit Halton.ca/invest to find out more or contact Halton Region Economic Development directly atecdev@halton.ca or 905-825-6000 ext. 7900.

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City of Markham

Markham, strategically located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area and a multiple award winning municipality, is Canada's most culturally diverse and among the fastest growing cities in the Greater Toronto Region with over 353,000 people.

Markham is also recognized as Canada's High-Tech Capital anchored by over 1,000 high-tech and life sciences companies that generate 37,000 jobs and comprise one-fifth of the total workforce of 167,500. Defined by its rich heritage, well-planned communities, high quality infrastructure, a talented workforce, and a pro-business environment, Markham's business community includes outstanding companies and organizations providing globally competitive banking, financing, engineering, design, technical, and commercialization services.

There are more than 400 Canadian head offices located here - including industry leaders such as IBM, Aviva Insurance, AMD, Allstate, The Miller Group, Parsons, Huawei Technologies, MMM Group, Lenovo, GE Energy, Bank of China, Toshiba, J+J, Hyundai and Honda.

For more info, visit www.markham.ca.

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MDB Insight

MDB Insight is a management consulting firm that helps people and places prosper in the 21st century economy. Founded in 2007, we specialize in providing economic development, workforce development, and cultural development solutions that create real-world impact for our clients. We work with communities, businesses, and organizations across North America and around the world. Find out more about us at www.mdbinsight.com.

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Toronto Industry Network

The Toronto Industry Network (TIN) is dedicated to advancing the interests of manufacturing in Toronto. In serving its members that include mostly large manufacturers and manufacturing associations, TIN advocates at City Hall on issues such as taxation, water rates, transportation as well as zoning and planning matters. TIN is often called on by the City to consult on policy changes and other initiatives affecting industry and enjoys a good working relationship with the Mayor's Office and City divisions such as Economic Development.

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Trade & Industry Development

Trade & Industry Development serves executives within specific vertical industries. Our mission is to help companies perpetuate success by providing clear and crucial insight into the challenge of site selection and facility planning.

By working with thought leaders and experts in various fields, Trade & Industry Development provides actionable content that is both innovative and forward-looking. We are committed to being a valuable and trusted partner for C-suite executives, corporate real estate professionals and site consultants, enabling them to make the best possible decisions - for themselves, their companies and their shareholders

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Bureau van Dijk

With information on 220 million companies around the world, Bureau van Dijk is the resource for company data. We offer a global view of companies - and how they are connected. We have company information solutions for the public sector to improve efficiency, develop regions and revenue, provide local library and research services, look at companies and their peers in detail and mitigate both financial and reputational risk. Our information includes:

• What companies do, how they're performing and the people that run them
• Financial data, legal entity details, FDI and M&A activity and news
• Corporate structures and ownership

You can access our information via a range of interfaces that are designed to help different business challenges and streamline workflows. Many of our customers blend our information with their own internal data for superior insight. Register for your free trial at bvdinfo.com.

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Carpenters Local 27

Carpenters Local 27 is a progressive labour organization that represents over 7, 000 members working in a variety of skilled trades, including carpentry and resilient flooring. Local 27 is part of 16 Local Unions across Ontario affiliated with the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, which has over 22, 000 members province wide.

Our Executive Council members, Business Representative and Organizers all worked on the tools before dedicating their time to serving the Union. They understand and appreciate the day-to-day intensity and focus that must be brought to the job site in order to complete a project on time and on budget. We bring this same focus to the negotiating table and are proud to represent our members.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of North America’s largest building-trades unions, with nearly a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries.

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CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, is transforming real estate into real advantage. Over 2,050 employees in 22 Canadian offices offer strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; appraisal and valuation; research and consulting.

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Centennial College

Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario's first public college, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With a full-time enrolment of 21,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada.

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Coastal Cloud

Coastal Cloud, a Salesforce.com Gold Level Partner, is a disruptive IT consulting company that delivers innovative business solutions built upon leading edge cloud computing technologies. Our team of experienced business technology consultants are 100% Salesforce Certified and 100% On-Shore. We have enjoyed significant market success from our headquarters in Palm Coast, Florida and are embarking on our next US expansion with new solution centers serving the country from Louisville, Kentucky and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our focus on nimble, innovative, citizen-focused technology solutions for state & local government organizations could help you accelerate your Economic Development success immediately. Please contact our team to learn more about our Economic Development Customer Relationship Management Quickstart Platform today. See us at www.coastalcloud.us.

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GWL Realty Advisors Inc.

GWL Realty Advisors Inc. is a leading real estate investment advisor providing comprehensive asset management, property management, development and specialized real estate advisory services to pension funds and institutional clients. For details about GWL Realty Advisors Inc., visit gwlra.com.

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Ontario East Economic Development Commission

The Ontario East Economic Development Commission, a non-profit regional economic development organization, promotes Eastern Ontario, Canada as a centre for investment and business growth. With over 140 members, the Commission represents more than 200 communities in the region east of the Greater Toronto Area through to the Quebec border and north to Algonquin Park. Ontario East Economic Development Commission is a one point of contact for site selectors, start up support and business growth.

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City of Oshawa

The City of Oshawa is a dynamic and growing city that offers the amenities and opportunities of a thriving urban centre combined with the lifestyle of a connected community, and features a diverse culture, unrivaled transportation infrastructure, affordable living and great employment opportunities. Oshawa is a growing community of 161,000 and is the largest city in Durham Region. Located only 60 km from Downtown Toronto, companies in Oshawa have access to the largest consumer market in Canada and fourth largest region in North America. Companies in Oshawa enjoy access to a highly skilled workforce, connected infrastructure, state-of-the-art research facilities and a business-friendly environment. Our integrated transportation network, which includes highways 401 and 407, the Oshawa Executive Airport, CN Rail & CP Rail and the Port of Oshawa Seaway, easily moves people and products locally, regionally and around the globe. Oshawa is home to several leading-edge institutions that are driving cutting-edge research and academic programming. Oshawa is proud to be home to three established post-secondary institutions, many international businesses, long standing family owned businesses and innovative start-up entrepreneurs.

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PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

For more than 160 years, we have been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are proud of our longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees and shareholders.

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HQ Vancouver

HQ Vancouver was established in February 2015 as a joint initiative of the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and the Business Council of British Columbia, to build on Canada's competitive advantages in key sectors to attract major international firms to establish North American head offices in British Columbia.

The evolving global economy generates new corporate configurations, and international firms are looking for locations that reflect the new realities of trade flows, investment potential and other attributes including business friendliness, talent, connectivity, location and quality of life. Prominent "new" types of headquarters include regional head offices of global firms, executive headquarters, and centres for global product mandates.

Our natural and developed attributes make Vancouver, British Columbia ideally positioned to host the regional North American headquarters of emerging and established companies. Discover these attributes for yourself, by using our What's Your HQ? web tool (whatsyourhq.ca). Contact us for additional information and for tailored services. These services include confidential strategic advice to your firm, connecting you with our extensive range of contacts, sector-specific counsel, and assistance with your headquarters location strategy and execution.

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Regus is the world’s largest provider of co-working and shared workspace solutions, with a network of 3,000 locations in over 1,000 towns and cities, across more than 100 countries, serving 2.3M members. In Canada, Regus has a network of over 100 locations coast to coast, from Halifax to Victoria.

Regus helps companies and people conduct the best work of their lives and enables people to work where they want, when they want and how they want. The global workspace provider offers full-time, fully-equipped offices, to day offices and professional meeting rooms to trendy co-working spaces. Regus helps entrepreneurs, small businesses and large organizations succeed by offering flexible workspaces on their terms, whether for an hour to a day to as many years as needed.

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Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's foremost provider of university-based adult education, facilitating access to the university's renowned, professionally relevant courses and programs. Our mission is to offer innovative, quality, lifelong learning that empowers adults to reach their life and career goals. We accomplish this by offering 78 career-related certificate programs, 13 part-time degree programs, 57 course series, and 26 certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. With annual enrolments of over 70,000, The Chang School is a superior provider of flexible, accessible programming.

Launching in Fall 2017, the Certificate in Local Economic Development is designed to prepare development professionals with the skills and knowledge to thrive in public and private local economic development (LED) positions in the Canadian context.

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University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is Canada’s leading research-intensive university, and consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the world. It includes some 85,000 students and more than 20,000 faculty and staff on its three campuses, and more than half a million alumni around the world. With its nine partner research hospitals, U of T brings in $1.2 billion in external research funding and has become one of the primary sources of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Ontario economy. The university produces more start-up companies than any single university in North America, and U of T research is a crucial factor in the Toronto region’s strength in life sciences, artificial intelligence, fintech, advanced materials and manufacturing, information and communications technology, and cleantech/green energy. For more information, please visit www.utoronto.ca.

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Waterfront Toronto

Formally created in 2001, Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces.

The project is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America and one of the largest waterfront redevelopment initiatives ever undertaken in the world. However, it is not just the sheer scale of the project that makes it unique. Waterfront Toronto is delivering a leading edge city-building model that seeks to place Toronto at the forefront of global cities in the 21st century.

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City of Welland

Located in the heart of the Niagara Region, Welland is a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto and 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY. Home to Niagara College, one of the most admired research colleges in the country, which also offers exceptional training and manufacturing intelligence and a short drive to Brock University. Through collaboration success-driven approach, we are marshalling both public and private resources through academic and industry partnerships, and driving research and innovation to ensure sustainable growth for our businesses, citizens and partners. Our ability to attract and secure General Electric's investment in a new "Brilliant Factory", expected to open in early 2018 has catapulted us into the national and international spotlight, as a City to be considered for residential, commercial and industrial investment.

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Windsor Essex EDC

The Windsor-Essex region is the only major Canadian metropolis south of the U.S. border. The Windsor/Detroit crossing is the busiest commercial Canada/U.S. border crossing, handling approximately 1/3 of all Canada/U.S. trade of over $325 million per day. There are five Canada/U.S. surface crossings in Windsor-Essex with an additional sixth crossing, the Gordie Howe International Bridge to be completed by 2020. Roughly half of the North American market – 125 million people are within an easy days drive.

The region is home to a diversified and innovative workforce ensuring smooth, sustained operations and with demonstrated capacity in automotive, advanced manufacturing, agri-business, life sciences, and food processing operations and provides extensive expertise in Education and R&D.

Our location, deep in the heart of North America, makes us an excellent location for multi-modal logistics with direct access to air, rail systems, major land routes and deep-water ocean ports.

Housing and land costs are among Canada's most affordable with commercial and industrial space very cost competitive. Access to natural resources - water, power and a stable infrastructure makes Windsor-Essex the right choice for investment. Windsor-Essex offers an excellent quality of life -a small-city feel with big-city amenities. W-E invite you to see for yourself and visit - choosewindsoressex.com.

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University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute

The central focus of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) is to provide economic development professionals and those aspiring to the ED profession the tools, skills, and knowledge to be successful economic developers and positively impact their communities and regions. Established in 1962, OU EDI, the only professional level program of its type in the U.S., provides professional economic developers with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today's constantly changing economic development marketplace. The OU EDI experience is designed to immediately impact a participant's professional career by providing comprehensive courses that align with the IEDC manuals as well as the latest trends in economic development. Accredited by the International Economic Development Council, OU/EDI is the only multi-year, professional level program of its type offered in the United States. Graduates of OU/EDI meet the education requirements to sit for the CEcD Exam.

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American City & County

American City & County magazine analyzes and concisely explains important issues facing cities, counties and states. Sign up for your free subscription and get the latest information on government trends, policies, best practices, case studies and a broad scope of local and state government news.

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Expansion Solutions

Expansion Solutions proactively connects economic developers with companies searching for locations to expand their facility footprint. Through our LeadGen program, economic developers can effectively and efficiently identify potential prospects in their target industries for business recruitment (representing companies that can bring capital investment and jobs to their communities). In addition, through our world-class magazine and popular website, business and government leaders share their expertise in 25 industries as well as many of the top locations for business. To learn how more EDOs receive more ROI with us, call 800-663-8791, ext. 104 or email Publisher@ExpansionSolutionsMagazine.com.

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fDi Intelligence

fDi Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the full suite of services includes: location advertising to generate brand awareness; industry-leading intelligence tools to develop FDI strategies and identify potential investors; and tailored FDI events and investor roundtables to meet target companies and generate business leads. To find out how these services could be of benefit, contact us on fDi@ft.com.

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Oxford Intelligence

Oxford Intelligence (www.oxint.com) is a leading business intelligence and research company providing advisory services to economic development, trade and Foreign Direct Investment agencies.

Established in 1996 and headquartered in the UK, Oxford Intelligence is part of the Ecorys Group (www.ecorys.com), a multi-disciplinary research-based consultancy with over 80 years of experience and 500 highly-qualified staff members worldwide. Ecorys offers research, consultancy and project management, specialising in economic, social and spatial development. Headquartered in Rotterdam, Ecorys operates via 16 offices in 12 countries.

Oxford Intelligence delivers a wide range of industry, sector and corporate intelligence solutions related to inward investment and trade promotion needs. Its products and services include:

- Investment lead generation and investor targeting
- Global Investor Watch – providing investment news, investment data & analytics and investment indicators – www.globalinvestorwatch.com
- Location Skills Audit
- Advisory services focused on international investment attraction and positioning strategy

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The Place Brand Observer

A place brand can be worth billions. It can bring focus and discipline to everything a local, regional or national government does, from economic development and tourism to urban design. Places, however, are complex, disparate, and often contradictory, which makes place branding enormously challenging.

As the leading platform for place professionals interested in the branding and reputation of cities, regions and destinations, The Place Brand Observer is here to help: through its library of research and collection of case studies, with lively expert interviews and reflections on latest trends, ideas and opportunities.

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Conway / Site Selection Magazine

Conway is the world's only full-service agency in the global corporate investment and FDI industries. Conway has published the award-winning Site Selection magazine since 1963, and through offices all over the world we maintain an industry-best network of corporate expansion planners. Our suite of services includes:

LEAD GENERATION – connecting clients with decision-makers responsible for hundreds of billions in new investment projects each year

EVENTS – Conway has managed events across the globe, including the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Management

FDI TRAINING SEMINARS – Site Consultants and corporate leaders teach economic developers the best strategies for connecting with their target audience

CONWAY ANALYTICS – a web portal and monthly reports featuring global project announcements and exclusive Lead Signals

PR & MARKETING – from brand development to media placement, we deliver your message to the world

CUSTOM CONTENT – Creating editorial excellence for more than 200 global clients

IAMC – Conway has managed the Industrial Asset Management Council since its inception.

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