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.




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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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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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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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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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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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.



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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Site Selection Magazine

Site Selection magazine is the top-rated US publication covering corporate real estate, facility planning, site location and global economic development. Site Selection - winner of the MAGS/GAMMA Gold Award for Best Business to Business Publication - provides insight and solid business information to corporate real estate executives, managers, directors and other members of the real estate/facility decision team. Site Selection includes information on corporate real estate strategies, real estate markets, business climate drivers, relocation costs and available incentive programs - in short, the key factors involved in corporate facility planning.

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