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Old April 26th, 2011, 03:26 AM   #41
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CBC.ca online article:

Canada's Auto Capital Named City of Future
Windsor, Ont., ranked among top 10 'American' cities by Financial Times of London

CBC News
Posted: Apr 18, 2011 12:16 PM ET
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011 10:05 PM ET

Windsor, Ont., is being called one of the "Top 10 American cities of the future" according to a list compiled by fDi Magazine, a publication of the Financial Times of London.

The magazine used a mixture of data and expert opinions, along with a submission supplied by the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, to rank the city on its potential for foreign investment, economic development and business expansion. The list is used by business and economic development organizations to make decisions about foreign direct investment.

Cities of the Future were chosen from 405 entries across North and South America.


fDi - Large Cities Economic Potential rankings

1. Seattle, Wash.
2. Windsor, Ont.
3. Portland, Ore.
4. Querétaro, Mexico
5. Charlotte, N.C.
6. Mississauga, Ont.
7. Las Vegas, Nev.
8. Raleigh, N.C.
9. Cincinnati, Ohio
10.Pittsburgh, Pa.


Windsor's second-place ranking in the "economic potential" category coincides with the Conference Board of Canada's expectation that the Windsor-Essex economy will outperform all other Canadian cities this year.

Jobs lost in auto sector

Windsor took a huge hit to its employment ranks when the auto sector collapsed more than two years ago and it is still struggling with some of the highest unemployment numbers in the country. But officials are optimistic about the region's potential recovery, citing recent large-scale investments in the energy and aerospace sectors.

Overall, Windsor and surrounding municipalities in Essex County finished seventh among large cities in the report, defined as having a population between 250,000 to 750,000. The region received two other top 10 rankings in the categories of infrastructure and foreign direct investment promotion strategy.

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said it's quite an honour for the region.

"This is another positive step for us," Francis said. "It certainly provides us the opportunity to use this as a tool to further market our region, to further get our word out and tell our story, and to further promote the benefits of doing business in this region."

"This award is further evidence that Windsor-Essex is on a path of reinvention," Lindsay Boyd, chair of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation said in a release.

Intelligent community accolades

The City of the Future ranking comes as Windsor, the county and 48 community groups are about to make a pitch for the title of "the world's most intelligent community" this week. Windsor-Essex is among the top seven intelligent communities of 2011, according to the New York-based group, the Intelligent Community Forum....


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Old August 18th, 2011, 04:06 PM   #42
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Windsor Essex Parkway
http://www.weparkway.ca/

its sad i had to hear about this through twitter

$1.6b sounds like a lot of money for that area
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Old August 29th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #43
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Where have you been? They've been discussing it for a few years.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #44
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Windsor Essex Parkway
What is the schedule for the rest of this project?
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 12:11 AM   #45
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Daily Commercial News online article:
Windsor-Essex Parkway On Track: Ontario Ministry of Transportation

January 19, 2012
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WINDSOR, Ont.

Construction of the Windsor-Essex Parkway is on track, says the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

During 2011, Parkway construction work included: salvaging a total of 250 tons of reusable materials from buildings slated for demolition within the Parkway right-of-way; protecting species at risk, including transplanting hundreds of Willowleaf Asters to restoration sites; and breaking ground on the new Trillium Court affordable housing project, which will help 56 families relocate to brand new homes.

The Windsor-Essex Parkway is an 11-kilometre addition to Highway 401, connecting to the Windsor-Detroit border, Canada’s busiest border crossing. The parkway’s design consists of a six-lane below-grade freeway and a four-lane service road network which is an extension of Highway 3 to eliminate stop-and-go traffic.

The project has more than 300 acres of green space, 20 km of recreational trails, and new community connections. Major construction began in late summer 2011 and the parkway is expected to open to traffic in fall 2014.

This project is expected to support and create an estimated 12,000 project-related jobs in Ontario, with the majority in the Windsor-Essex region. Preparations for border improvements supported over 2,000 jobs in 2011, with 96 per cent of Windsor-Essex Parkway sub-contracts awarded to local companies.

Current Parkway construction work includes: diverting traffic to ensure four lanes are open at all times along the Highway 3/Huron Church Road corridor; building the Howard Avenue Diversion, a permanent Parkway feature that will include a roundabout to accommodate large trucks and facilitate the smooth movement of traffic through this area; and rebuilding the recently demolished North Talbot Road Bridge to allow for the widening of Highway 401 between Provincial Road and Highway 3.

“These improvements are contributing to Windsor’s economic success in the region, the province, Canada and the world. Strong economies and strong communities go hand in hand. We are providing real solutions for this important international gateway,” said Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor-West in a news release.



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Democrats Press for New DRIC Bridge

It’s 'no risk, all reward' Mich. legislators told

By Brian Cross, The Windsor Star January 20, 2012

WINDSOR, Ont. -- One week after Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun was briefly jailed, proponents of a rival government-backed crossing appear to be intensifying efforts to get it built.

The $1-billion bridge, to be located one mile downriver from Moroun’s bridge, is backed by Canada, Ontario, Washington and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. But it was rejected by a 3-2 vote in October by a state senate economic development committee following an intense Ambassador Bridge lobbying campaign.

But following the highly public jailing last week of Moroun and bridge president Dan Stamper for flouting a 2010 court order, politicians who had supported the Ambassador Bridge position may be running for cover, a source following the bridge saga said Thursday.

“I think the fact the court has put Mr. Moroun in jail, the politicians who supported him in the past may not be as supportive,” he said.

On Wednesday, Snyder reiterated his support of the new crossing in his State of the State address. He stressed that the new bridge will be a job creator and took a swipe at Moroun’s efforts to block approval. “Let’s not let special interests hold us back,” he said.

Also on Wednesday, Michigan’s Democratic members of the U.S. Congress issued a plea to state legislators to get the bridge built. It was their first such statement since 2009.

Like Snyder, they stressed the 10,000 construction jobs that would be created. As well, Canada has committed to pay Michigan’s $550 million cost (recouping the money from tolls), and that money qualifies Michigan for $2 billion in matching federal funding to rebuild the state’s decrepit highways.

The $2 billion is seen as “free money” from Washington that Michigan will lose if it rejects the new bridge, now referred to as the New International Trade Crossing.

The U.S. Congress members who signed the letter “feel strongly there’s an economic imperative for this project, that the benefits are clearly laid out,” a congressional staffer for Rep. John Conyers said Thursday. “And there is no need to delay this any longer.”

The letter says by adding six lanes of cross-border traffic, the NITC will help to increase the 237,000 Michigan jobs that depend on trade with Canada and bolster the state’s auto industry. The letter cites a Chrysler claim that delays at the current Windsor-Detroit crossing adds $600 to the cost of an average car.

The new bridge won’t cost state taxpayers a dime, the letter argues. The entire cost will be borne by the Canadian and U.S. governments, and private investors. “In short, this project is no risk, all reward for Michigan taxpayers.”....



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Canadian side keeps trucking on no matter what.
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Michigan, Canada Strike $3.4 Billion Detroit Bridge Deal

Michigan, Canada Strike $3.4 Billion Detroit Bridge Deal
By Craig Trudell and Chris Christoff on June 15, 2012

Michigan and Canada agreed to build a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, to compete with the Ambassador crossing that has connected the two cities since 1929.

The New International Trade Crossing will bolster Michigan’s $70 billion-a-year trade with Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor Rick Snyder said today at a press conference in Windsor. Construction costs are estimated to be between C$3.5 billion ($3.4 billion) and C$4 billion, and the project will create 10,000 to 15,000 jobs in Ontario and Michigan, according to documents provided to reporters.

“This is a great act of confidence in the future of the North American economy at a critical time,” Harper told reporters. “This is the single most important piece of international infrastructure that this government will complete while I’m prime minister.”

The bridge will ease congestion at the busiest crossing in the world’s largest two-way trading relationship, Harper said, and will take four to five years to build. While Canada will help finance the project, Michigan won’t contribute any money, Snyder told reporters.

Michigan has “gone through many difficult years,” Snyder said. “We weren’t in a position to do this. They’re reaching out to help us,” he said of Canada.

Busiest Crossing

A second span connecting Detroit and Windsor would supplement the Ambassador Bridge about 2 miles north of the planned crossing. More than C$130 billion ($127 billion) in shipments and 8,000 trucks crossing the border at Detroit- Windsor each day, according to Canadian government data. Manuel Moroun, the billionaire owner and operator of the existing bridge, has opposed a publicly financed competitor.

Canada’s transport department forecasts that truck traffic will triple over the next 30 years. Canadian officials and Snyder have been championing construction of a second bridge amid resistance from some Michigan lawmakers and Moroun, 85, who wants to build his own adjoining six-lane span.

Further design work and “property acquisition” on the U.S. side is needed before construction can begin, according to a statement from Harper’s office.

Construction will provide about 12,000 jobs annually for each of the four years it will take for the structure to be built, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research said in a study released yesterday.

‘Economic Stimulus’

“The construction of the bridge itself will serve as an economic stimulus, providing jobs and state revenues,” Kim Hill, the center’s director of sustainability and economic development, said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

“The region’s additional freight-shipping capability could attract private-sector investment, augmenting the gross regional product and creating more employment opportunities,” Hill wrote.

The span’s private builder will be chosen by an international agency consisting of three Michigan members and three from Canada. Canada will make so-called annual availability payments to the concessionaire to pay for financing the design and construction of the bridge as well as operation and maintenance.

While no tolls would be charged in Michigan for the use of the New International Trade Crossing, Canada will levy charges on drivers and revenues will be used to reimburse the Canadian government, according to the statement from Snyder’s office.

No Cost

The Canadian government will pay all costs of land acquisition in Canada and Michigan, and will pay as much as $500 million of the cost of an interchange to connect the bridge to I-75 in Detroit. That sum can be used by Michigan as matching funds for U.S. highway money.

Neither Michigan nor any of its communities would be obliged to pay any costs under the plan, Snyder said. “We’re not asking for an appropriation; we’re not asking for taxpayer money,” he told reporters.

Mickey Blashfield, director of The People Should Decide, a Warren, Michigan-based group that seeks a statewide vote on the bridge, said, “at long last, we welcome Governor Snyder out into the public debate.”

“Beyond a press event, the governor needs to make his best case for his government bridge,” Blashfield, who is also head of government relations for the company that runs the Ambassador Bridge, said in an e-mailed press release.

The Michigan Manufacturers Association in Lansing, the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit and the Detroit Regional Chamber helped fund the study, according to the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based researcher.

‘Tremendous Opportunity’

Sergio Marchionne, chairman and chief executive officer of Chrysler Group LLC, said in a statement the bridge “represents a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen the economies of the U.S. and Canada, the future of our company and many other businesses.”

“Ensuring a smooth crossing for both commerce and people is essential to our just-in-time manufacturing process,” the company said in the statement. “Delays at the border add cost to each of our vehicles.”

The Canadian government expects Moroun’s company, Detroit International Bridge Co., to sue to stop construction, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported June 12. The company is also behind a signature-gathering effort to put a referendum on the November ballot for a constitutional amendment requiring voter approval for such a project, the newspaper reported.

Lobbied Lawmakers

Moroun has lobbied lawmakers and funded television ads labeling a publicly funded bridge a boondoggle. Moroun bought the controlling interest in the bridge company in 1979, outbidding Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) (A)

The four-lane Ambassador was completed in 1929 by banker Joseph Bower. At 7,490 feet (2,283 meters), it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, according to the bridge’s website. The crossing carries one-quarter of the truck commerce between the U.S. and Canada and more than 7 million vehicles a year, according to the Public Border Operators Association.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/201...da-snyder-says
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The Parkway has officially been named the "Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway" as of January 2013. When the project and the new bridge are done, this will provide much needed relief to most of the businesses on Huron Church Road, who are all used to seeing big rig trucks in front of their driveways! I'll have some more updates on Windsor developments later!
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University of Windsor purchased the former Windsor Star building downtown and will be renovating it to accomodate a new campus downtown! The campus will also include the former armoury building near the tunnel and demolotion of the bus depot.

Click the link for more info and renderings! Should be a boost for downtown!

http://www.uwindsor.ca/downtown/renderings
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It's really great. Many older buildings are being re-used, and it's awesome.
Windsor's downtown is trying to re-invent itself, and this is good news.

I'm very glad they decided to use the Windsor Armories.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #51
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Sounds like Windsor's economy is slowly on the rebound...

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Windsor economy on rebound

By Dave Hall
Feb 08, 2013 - 11:56 AM EST

Windsor’s economy appears to be headed in the right direction with a drop in the unemployment rate last month and slow growth in housing starts across the region.

The local jobless rate, which had led the nation for most of the past two years, dropped to 9.7 per cent in January from 10.4 per cent in December and is now third across Canada behind St. John, N.B. and Peterborough.

Local housing starts, long considered an economic barometer, are slowly increasing despite being nowhere near back to pre-recession numbers from 2004 when Windsor-area starts exceeded 2,200.

Overall, the Windsor-area unemployment rate has fallen by one percentage point in the past 12 months and it’s that figure along with steady growth in housing starts which Mayor Eddie Francis finds encouraging.

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In its monthly unemployment report issued Friday, Statistics Canada reported that Windsor’s economy has gained 2,500 jobs over the past 12 months and as a result, its unemployment rate fell by a full percentage point.

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Other jobless rates across Ontario include Oshawa, 9.6 per cent; London, 8.5; Toronto, 8.2; Brantford, 7.8; Sudbury, 7.4; Barrie, 7.3; St. Catharines-Niagara, 7.1; Kingston, 7.0; Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, 6.9; Ottawa, 6.3; Guelph, 6.2; Hamilton, 5.8 and Thunder Bay 5.0.
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It's really great. Many older buildings are being re-used, and it's awesome.
Windsor's downtown is trying to re-invent itself, and this is good news.

I'm very glad they decided to use the Windsor Armories.
Me too, it's a grand old building with history. Having a campus downtown for UW will be great. BTW, do you know of any significant development going on in your city, Oaronuviss? Other than the Windsor-Essex Parkway, a second border crossing, and UW downtown?
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Me too, it's a grand old building with history. Having a campus downtown for UW will be great. BTW, do you know of any significant development going on in your city, Oaronuviss? Other than the Windsor-Essex Parkway, a second border crossing, and UW downtown?
Haha no not really Jay...
Nothing big anyways.
Always a strip plaza or two going on, but it's been pretty dead here for a long long time.
If I come across anything, I will let you know!


The biggest project I can think of is the Family Aquatic Centre going in on the west side of Downtown.
http://www.citywindsor.ca/mayorandco...c-Complex.aspx
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Well, there is the new Innovation Centre and Parking Structure being built at the main campus of the University of Windsor, for 25.8 million dollars, right next to the new engineering school.

And there is also the new Windsor-Detroit Plaza expansion, worth 34 million, which is now under construction.

I'm also really hopeful that the city will proceed with the building of a new City Hall, which has been talked about lately. They are saying that it could be a multi story office tower, possibly around ten floors, with possible tenants as well as city offices.

I can't really think of anything else right now that is currently under construction, other than small builds around town.
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Oh, and there is also the 23 million dollar healthplex currently under construction at the St. Clair College main campus in South Windsor, and the new 35 million dollar Schlegel Village long term care facility currently under construction on the southern portion of the St. Clair College main campus.
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Thanks for the updates, North 42! Welcome to the SSC forums! Do you have any articles?
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Agreed! Welcome North 42
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Thanks guys, here's some links for the above projects

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2012/09...-begin-monday/

http://www.stclaircollege.ca/sportsplex/

http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/201...king-structure
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I was in downtown Windsor last weekend and noticed some construction to the west of the bus depot and as it turns out, it's a new $78 million Aquatic Centre! I'll have construction pics up shortly!

Surprised nobody here knew about this.

Project site: http://www.citywindsor.ca/mayorandco...c-Complex.aspx

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$78M downtown Windsor pool making a splash

February 1, 2013
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A year after the shovels began digging the massive downtown hole for what will become Windsor’s $78-million Family Aquatic Complex, the walls on the giant competitive pool are up, and project managers say everything is on schedule and on budget.

“We hope to put the water in in April,” project manager Don Sadler said on a tour through the cavernous natatorium (a building that houses a swimming pool) Friday. He said it took 30,000 bolts to put together the $6-million, 25-by-72-metre Olympian stainless steel pool, which will hold 1.4 million gallons of water.
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Everyone in Windsor knows about this project, it's a much needed facility and gets rid of a giant expanse of parking lot that was sucking the life out of that end of DT for over 20 years. I live and work only a couple blocks away, so I've been watching it progress over the last year. This centre will really help to anchor this side of the core and bring much needed life to the area.
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