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City's economic development group keeping busy

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When the city is busy its economic development agency, Economic Development Winnipeg, gets even busier.

At its annual meeting today the agency will update some of its initiatives including major tourism initiatives (many keyed to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights), a new effort to attract international investment and ongoing work to attract major sporting events to the city like the bid to host the 2017 Canada Games.

"Notable strides were made throughout 2012 in delivering on our mandate, which is to increase investment and visitation to our city," said Marina James, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. "Our focus was to advance several key initiatives in consequential ways, and I’m pleased to report that we’ve risen to this challenge."

Greg Dandewich, senior vice president of EDW is in China this week on an investment mission to the country that the OECD predicts will be home to the world’s largest economy as soon as 2016.

He’s there with 30 other economic development officer from the largest cities in Canada, part of a group called Consider Canada City Alliance. It was established last year to be a united front of Canada’s large cities to help international companies determine the best strategies for business expansion and improve Canada’s ability to attract new investment and trade opportunities.

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