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CEDC Partners on 'Growing Heartlandia'

May 20, 2009, Winnipeg, MB – The Frontier Centre for Public Policy in conjunction with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), held a luncheon presentation today at noon at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The event features Dr. Livio Di Matteo, Professor of Economics at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University, on the topic of Fostering a North American Central Economic Region.

The Heartlandia concept features a central North American economic region spanning Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North and South Dakota and Minnesota that covers 2.5 million square kilometers, has a population of nine million people and a GDP (US$) of over 400 billion dollars. Heartlandia’s activities include agriculture, food processing, forestry, petroleum, coal, mining, energy, manufacturing and services. In addition, this region contains port, road, rail and airport hubs that have at its core the inland hub of Winnipeg that is poised to be a continental interchange point. This economic region needs a focused vision in order to grow and prosper during the 21st century that will facilitate cross-border commerce and activity in the areas of cross-border employment and business opportunities, better relationships between producers and suppliers, improving cross-border transportation infrastructure, cross-border environmental and nature conservation, and tourism promotion.

As part of its marketing strategy the CEDC has been working very closely with Dr. Livio Di Matteo, of Lakehead University, to set the stage for a major marketing push into Canada with the objective of building business between long time neighbours. The CEDC has taken the lead role in organizing this Winnipeg forum and has brought together Wellington West as sponsors and the Winnipeg and Thunder Bay Chambers of Commerce and The Thunder Bay Port Authority as event supporters.

The CEO of CEDC, Steve Demmings, states that “The CEDC sees this event as a pivotal networking opportunity to showcase Thunder Bay's natural connection with the West and to highlight our expertise in such sectors as (1) steel fabrication to serve an expanding manufacturing sector in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, (2) our expertise in health care and DNA research (3) and our growing expertise in the animation/new media sector”.

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is responsible for business development, business retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and collection and assessment of key business data. Incorporated in November 2006, the CEDC is operated by an independent Board of Directors with core funding from the City of Thunder Bay.

The new offices of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission are located in the historical Whalen Building at Suite 201, 34 Cumberland Street North.



Steve Demmings, CEO - Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, 807.625.3096