Town of Ajax ranked Top 10 in “Canada’s Best to Invest 2014”

September 03, 2014

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Town of Ajax ranked Top 10 in “Canada’s Best to Invest 2014”

The Town of Ajax has been recognized in the “Canada’s Best to Invest” rankings compiled by US-based Site Selection magazine, which recognizes Canada’s top economic development leaders each year.

“The Town is entering into its fifth year of implementing its 10-year Economic Development & Tourism Strategy, and this honour confirms that we are moving in the right direction,” said Ajax Mayor Steve Parish. “Ajax is emerging as a national leader in supporting and encouraging private investment.” 

Site Selection’s criteria for this category include the number of projects with a regional impact, the ability to generate partnerships, proactive initiatives, implementation of innovative programs, the quality of the economic information distributed, and the quality of web-based communication tools.

“We are proud to be recognized by Site Selection Magazine,” said Lisa Hausz, Manager of Business Development & Marketing, Town of Ajax. “Our innovative programs, partnerships and initiatives continue to deliver excellent results, and this recognition further proves the Town’s readiness to compete for business investment in the North American market.”

The 10–year Economic Development & Tourism Strategy began with the incorporation of the Economic Development team into the Planning & Development Services Department to streamline the flow of information and collaboration.  With that connection, to date, the Town’s Economic Development team has implemented several programs to support and promote investment, including: the award-winning Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) ‘First for Business Corporate Calling’ program; PriorityPath, an exclusive streamlined site plan approvals process -noted as an ISO ‘Best Practice’ process; PriorityProperty, Ontario’s first municipal ‘certified site’ program; OnTrack Ajax, the awareness campaign designed to promote the success of private business investment in Ajax and; Ajax is Canada’s first ‘Competitive Ready’ designated municipality, exceeding several criteria for being ready for investment. 

To read the full Site Selection Magazine report, visit http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2014/sep/canada-b2i.cfm.

About Ajax

The Town of Ajax is part of Durham Region, one of the fastest growing economic areas of Ontario. Situated on Lake Ontario just east of Toronto, the population of Ajax is approximately 110,000. Ajax is a "Quality Community", being the first ISO 9001 - 2000 registered municipality in Ontario and the first fully registered municipality in North America. The Town has a vibrant business community, with nearly 2,000 businesses and a workforce of close to 85,000, with a regional workforce of over 2 million people within a 45-minute drive.  Ajax offers the Region of Durham's strongest, award-winning economic development service team, with dedicated staff and customized processes to assist business in expansion and location. www.AjaxFirstforBusiness.ca

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Media Contact: Rachael Wraith, Senior Communications Officer 905-619-2529, ext. 3325. 

Source(s):
www.AjaxFirstforBusiness.ca
www.siteselection.com
www.ajax.ca

 

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