Tonawanda News

Opinion

June 4, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Canada critical to Niagara County's growth

Tonawanda News — In 2012, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency decided to invest resources to create a full-time position of director of marketing. This was largely driven by the fact that the Southern Ontario marketplace continues to grow and companies and businesses in that area are an untapped resource for expansion into the United States and in particular Niagara County.

The Niagara region has many benefits that would generate interest from Canadian companies in Southern Ontario to explore expanding operations here. Consider that the Niagara region is an $80 million trade corridor as well as the number one market in passenger and number two market in truck crossings of all northern border international bridges with approximately 3.8 million vehicles crossing the three international bridges annually.

Another factor that is influencing Canadian companies to explore opportunities in the United States are related to trade and homeland security issues. Simply put, if Canadian companies want to expand and grow their market share in the United States, then they need to have a physical presence here.

In May our agency, with the support of a grant from National Grid, sponsored an event with the Toronto GTA Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mississauga, Ontario. The event was part of the 2014 Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference and featured U.S. business experts and government representatives who answered questions about how Canadian businesses can expand their operations in the United States. We will be participating in a similar event with the Greater Niagara (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce this fall.

This one event is just one of many activities we are implementing as part of a larger program to reach out to businesses in Southern Ontario. During the most recent quarter, the agency produced and distributed a direct mail piece to approximately 1,700 businesses which led to several inquiries. This outreach and contact is just the first step of a lengthy process to get a business to consider expanding their operations, especially into another country. It is literally a life changing event for these business owners and it takes time and patience as they do their due diligence to make such a milestone decision.

Text Only
Opinion
  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014