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Winnipeg shut out of economic development ranking

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Through the quirks of timing — and also a lull in new development — Winnipeg did not make it onto a prominent annual list of top Canadian economic development groups.

It wasn’t even one of the 10 honourable mentions.

Last year, Economic Development Winnipeg was on the top 10 list produced by Atlanta-based Site Selection magazine based on the number and size of private sector projects underway.

"It’s not surprising that people might jump up and ask why they aren’t there. But it doesn’t mean a community has fallen off the map. It just means it was not quite a banner year as the year before in terms of project activity," said Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection.

In 2012-2013, there were 12 projects on the go in Winnipeg, including several hotels, the IKEA store and plant expansions at Maple Leaf Foods and Winpak. The ranking does not take into account public sector developments such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights or the new terminal at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

Greg Dandewich, vice-president at Economic Development Winnipeg, said being left off the 2014 ranking is not a slight on the work EDW is doing or a suggestion there are no new developments in the city.

"If in one year there are a number of announcements that come up and get into the competition, that drives the decision-making process," said Dandewich. "They (Site Selection) really key on some of the larger projects. But once they come into existence and are activated we can’t use that as part of our submission."

 

martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca

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