Thursday, April 20 2017
Pickering, Ontario, Canada — The City of Pickering has been recognized as one of the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future by fDi magazine. Pickering was ranked in the top 10 among micro cities – placing fourth for connectivity and sixth for business friendliness.
fDi magazine is published bi-monthly by the Financial Times Ltd. and is the world’s premier publication for the business of globalization. fDi shortlisted over 421 locations across North and South America in five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, and connectivity.
The City of Pickering was also recently named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Coupled with the fDi distinction, Pickering is garnering international recognition as a preferred destination for the next generation of knowledge-based business and industry.
“We are proud and honoured to be recognized as one of the leading business destinations in the world, which is a reflection of our outstanding economic development and business engagement efforts,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “With the advent of 800 acres of prestige employment in our Innovation Corridor, intensification of our City Centre, and potential for an airport, Pickering offers unrivalled investment opportunities.”
As a gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet, and boasts a world class EN3 Cluster of Energy, Environmental and Engineering companies. Pickering is home to the largest industrial sector in Durham Region, including a wide range of manufacturers who ship their products across the globe. Seaton is a new community located in Central Pickering, designed to attract 30,000 new jobs and 60,000 new residents to the City by 2031. New business can take advantage of direct access to major highways; an educated and skilled labour force; state-of-the-art infrastructure; and a wealth of emerging greenfield employment lands fronting Highway 407.