The concept of networking isn’t new but it certainly is improved as we push toward the middle of this decade. We can share ideas and opportunities like never before – we can work together, help others navigate new environments and discuss challenges online with more efficiency than ever before. And that, in a nutshell, is the essence of this new blog.
My name is Susan Amring and I’m the Director of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office (EDO). Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a valuable series of posts about local economic development, opportunities, the challenges we all face, and leaders in every sector who are changing the face of business as they add value to our community. We’ll also provide advance notice of events and networking opportunities when they arise.
Mississauga EDO is in the early days of a new conversation with companies and organizations that are exploring North America for a new place to set up business operations. Naturally, we think Mississauga is the best choice. But what we’ve come to realize with some clarity are the reasons why it is the best choice. And here are two:
(1) The 750,000+ people who live within our borders and a regional population of 5 million are among the most talented people in the world.
(2) We have access to the world’s greatest, developed consumer market – 135 million people within an hour by air or a day by car.
Biases aside, talent and access matter most and Mississauga has both covered.
Business leaders see people as their greatest advantage and their greatest challenge. The knowledge economy is a human race – a competition between the best companies in the world for the brightest minds in business, science, technology and all manner of industry.
We think Mississauga is where leading companies win that competition. Skilled, well-educated, inquisitive people in the hundreds of thousands comprise this city’s greatest advantage. So much so, that when landing at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the port of entry sign might easily read ‘welcome to our talent pool’.
I encourage you to follow our new blog and continue to visit winthehumanrace.ca and explore the talent and people-centric advantages that Mississauga offers. Just as important, share that url with your peers from out of town, out of country and around the world.
Stay tuned for future posts from local business leaders and their view of what’s happening worldwide and Mississauga’s place in it.