IN THIS ISSUE:
- Welcome Amazon
- Participate in the 2021-2025 Economic Development Action Plan – Stakeholder Engagement Survey
- One of the Best to Invest…Again
- Triumvira Secures New Funding
- Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats
- Apprenticeship Program Coming Soon
- High Speed Connectivity in Rural Hamilton
- Prime Waterfront Property for Sale
- Community Improvement Plan Review
- Mohawk College looking for feedback from the business community on job performance expectations for entry-level material handling positions
Recently, Amazon Canada announced their intent to create a fulfilment centre and delivery station in Hamilton. The fulfilment centre represents one of the largest local investments in terms of square footage in the City’s history. These private investments in Hamilton’s goods movement sector will bring over 1,500 new jobs when the facilities are scheduled to open in 2021. Amazon Canada’s plans include a new 855,000 square foot fulfillment centre to be located in Mount Hope adjacent to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Employees at this location will work alongside Amazon robotics to pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. In addition, a new 50,000 square foot delivery station in Stoney Creek will power the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. Packages are transported to these delivery stations from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centres, and then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers.
For further information on this significant investment, follow this link: https://investinhamilton.ca/blog/2020/09/14/welcome-amazon/
Participate in the 2021-2025 Economic Development Action Plan – Stakeholder Engagement Survey
The City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Action Plan is the blueprint for growing Hamilton’s economy. As the 2016-2020 Economic Development Action Plan is in it’s final few months, efforts have commenced to create the next five-year plan- the 2021-2025 Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP). The EDAP Stakeholder Engagement Survey is a prime opportunity for you to provide ideas, opinions and input into the EDAP- in addition to the feedback that has been provided though:
– The “Our Future Hamilton” community engagement initiatives;
– The recent public summit focused on the city’s economy (November 2019);
– The cross-industry work being undertaken by the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force; and – The regular daily engagement efforts with Hamilton based businesses by Economic Development and Tourism & Culture staff.
The Stakeholder Engagement Survey can be accessed by following the link below and will be live for the next two weeks.
We encourage you to participate and share this information with your colleagues in the business community. CLICK HERE
One of The Best to Invest…Again
The City of Hamilton has once again been named one of Canada’s top locations in Canada in which to invest by Site Selection Magazine of Atlanta, Georgia. “The annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings.”
For all the ranking information, follow this link:
Triumvira Secures New Funding
Triumvira Immunologics (spun out of a McMaster University lab in 2015 in partnership with Bloom Burton & Co.) has closed a private Series A financing round of $55M USD. The corporate headquarters will remain in Austin, Tx, but the R&D facility will be located in McMaster Innovation Park where Triumvira has just moved into a 6,000 square foot purpose-built facility that will serve as their permanent R&D site. This investment represents yet another serious biotech company in Hamilton (Turnstone, Century, Fusion are the others) and the 2nd cell therapy company in Hamilton. They currently employ 12 full-time employees in Hamilton and have plans for future expansion.
Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats
Master is launching The Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats, to ensure Canada and the world are better able to manage the human and economic devastation of COVID-19 and avert future pandemics. The Global Nexus for Pandemics and Biological Threats will be an international network of scientists, clinical health and medical specialists, engineers, social scientists, history and policy researchers, economics and business experts devoted to one goal: preventing future pandemics and mitigating global health threats like antimicrobial resistance.
Apprenticeship Program Coming Soon
The Humanities Career Apprenticeship Program is an exciting collaboration between McMaster University, Faculty of Humanities and the Economic Development Office. The program provides one-year, full-time, salary-paid, employment opportunities in Hamilton along with mentorship and networking opportunities for undergraduate Humanities students completing their final year of study in 2020/2021.
Positions will commence in May, 2021 and will continue for 12 consecutive months. There is no fee to participate in this program.
High Speed Connectivity in Rural Hamilton
The City of Hamilton recognizes that internet connectivity is essential for many residents, businesses and institutions in this community. As more people work and operate their businesses from home, the City recognizes the importance of reliable, high speed broadband is an essential service. Modern infrastructure availability is critical for this city’s digital future and there are areas within the city that have no connectivity options and many who may not have access to reliable high-speed broadband access
The City is working with the Regional and Rural Broadband (R2B2) Project(External link) at the University of Guelph to study the economic benefits of broadband investment across our communities and needs Hamilton’s rural businesses to share their experience with internet connectivity within Hamilton.
You can provide your feedback here: https://engage.hamilton.ca/hamilton-broadband-study
Prime Waterfront Property for Sale
The City of Hamilton is looking for a new vision for Piers 6 & 7 in Hamilton’s West Harbour and wants to hear from the development community. Interested in learning more about the sale of these prime waterfront lands? Looking to make your mark on the commercial future of Hamilton’s West Harbour lands?
Contact Dave McCullagh (David.McCullagh@hamilton.ca) or visit: www.hamilton.ca/westharbour.
Community Improvement Plan Review
The City is currently undertaking a review of financial incentive programs which are provided to support the revitalization of key commercial districts in the city including Downtown Hamilton, the Community Downtowns, Business Improvement Areas and other mixed-use commercial corridors. This review will identify potential changes to these programs, and the associated Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Plan, which are intended to ensure these programs continue to incentivize property owners, commercial tenants and developers to invest in existing buildings and new developments that will support long-term goals for these areas. As part of this review, the City will be holding a virtual public workshop to discuss the review and to hear your feedback and ideas for improvements to the programs. This meeting is scheduled for 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 29.
If interested in attending please contact Phil Caldwell, RPP MCIP, Senior Project Manager at 905-546-2424 ext. 2359 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Also check out additional opportunities to have your say at Engage Hamilton (engage.hamilton.ca) coming soon!