Local business development organization named one of ‘top 10’ in Canada

Recognition of Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership comes in Site Selection magazine's 'Canada's Best Locations'

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership has been recognized as being one of Canada’s Top Ten Canadian Economic Development Groups by Site Selection magazine as part of its “Canada’s Best Locations 2018 Awards” program.

The awards program takes into consideration features such as excellence in regional partnerships, proactive and innovative programming as well as quality data, web tools and resources.

It is the fifth time in the 12-year history of the awards program that the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership has been named to the list. Past years in which SLEP made the top 10 list were 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014.

“The Sarnia-Lambton area has so much to offer economically and this recognition will elevate the awareness of our area,” said SLEP CEO Stephen Thompson.

“The investments that are being made across a variety of sectors are so important and reflect the confidence in investing and reinvesting in our region.”

While members of the SLEP staff continue working on securing further investment in the region, they are also directing their efforts towards implementing the economic development strategic plan that was adopted in April.

That plan includes an outreach program that will include hundreds of consultations to provide one-on-one assistance for businesses across the region.

“There is a renewed energy in furthering the growth of the Sarnia-Lambton area’s businesses,” said Thompson. “We are seeing that through the numerous business retention and expansion visits that we are conducting on a daily basis.”

Those visits are giving officials at SLEP the ability to work closely with all businesses in the county, he said.

“This is an extremely important part of the programming that the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership offers,” Thompson added.

The recognition by Site Selection magazine has renewed the commitment to leverage SLEP’s work, said Board Chair Alex Palimaka.

“We pride ourselves on being a valuable resource to our community partners and we hope that our work can aid in further bolstering the Sarnia-Lambton area as an economic hub.”

The award will be presented at the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council later this month.

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