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Eric FitzGerald


Chatham-Kent is a community of 104,000 located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario just minutes from the Windsor/Detroit border.  Workforce availability is never a problem with over 1 million Canadians living within one-hour of Chatham-Kent’s borders.

Chatham-Kent businesses appreciate the skilled workforce, the ease to Canadian and US markets, the low business operating costs and the wide range of greenfield and existing businesses.  Click here to open the graphic below:

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Easy access to Highway 401 and the proximity to three major border crossings coupled with competitive land costs have made Chatham-Kent a popular location for business.

Advancement of Agriculture

Chatham-Kent businesses are at the forefront of agricultural research and innovation. Chatham-Kent is set is one of the richest agricultural areas in Canada and is enhanced by the research and support of University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus.

Alternative Energy

Chatham-Kent is positioned as a “leader” within the Province of Ontario’s green energy strategy as awarded with the 2009 Leadership Award by the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

Wind projects are a growing opportunity for the rural sector. Kruger Energy’s 101-megawatt Port Alma project completed construction and was fully operational in 2008. GenGrowth-Boralex has four Chatham-Kent projects under construction which were scheduled to be fully operating in 2010. Several other wind energy and solar energy developers are in various stages of development.

Education and Training

Chatham-Kent is home to St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Thames Campus who seeks to meet the educational needs of students and the training needs of business and industry. A range of post-secondary, post-diploma, apprenticeships, continuous learning and contract training programs and services are available in the areas of technology and trades, health, community services, adult education, applied arts and business.

University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus is located within Chatham-Kent. The campus delivers education, research and extension focused on agriculture and environmental management. The campus has 600 full-time students enrolled in degree, diploma or certificate programs and over 6,000 alumni.

Economic Development Services

Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services provides confidential business assistance with available site and building information, community briefings and tours, statistics, research, grant writing and customized information packages.

Locating your business in Chatham-Kent is a winning proposition!

Published Monday, February 11, 2013 7:38 AM by Eric FitzGerald

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