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Guest Post: Burlington Ranked Internationally by American Cities of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

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Please see the below media release from the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC).

Burlington, ON — July 2, 2019 — Burlington has received an American Cities of the Future 2019/20 Award for top Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Strategy. Placing 23rd on the list of cities, Burlington is one of only a handful of small- and medium-sized cities to make this distinction.

More than 200 cities were considered, and Burlington is one of only four cities with a population less than 1 million. Other winning cities include: New York City, Chicago, Greater Montreal, and nearby Mississauga.  

Cities were assessed based on four key categories: Economic Potential; Business Friendliness; Human Capital and Lifestyle; and Cost Effectiveness and Connectivity. Business that choose to locate in Burlington leverage the highly educated talent pool of more than 2 million within a 45-minute commute, regional and international transit hubs and excellent quality of life.

“BEDC works very hard to attract new companies to our community and this international distinction recognizes what we have been doing for years. Being one of the smallest cities on this list demonstrates our competitive advantage over other regional locations and the reason businesses choose Burlington.” — Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC)  

In 2019, BEDC partnered with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to provide immigration support to Burlington companies with highly-qualified talent from around the world.

Learn more about the partnership by clicking the link above.  

The BEDC team continues to partner with Toronto Global and Halton Region to attract and support businesses to invest in Burlington. In 2017, BEDC helped Finnish Robotics company, Orfer, locate in Burlington from Finland via the soft-landing program at TechPlace, Burlington’s Innovation Centre that is led and supported by BEDC.

TechPlace provided Orfer with office space, connections to partners, and hiring support during the first several months while they began the process of opening their first North American headquarters.   

For more information about doing business in Burlington, contact Andrew Elliston at or 905-332-9415, ext 7248. To learn more about the winners of the American Cities of the Future 2019/20 Award for top Foreign Direct Investment Strategy and the methodology, click the link.  


This is absolutely great news for Burlington. Being recognized this way just further reinforces our city’s commitment to being open for business both locally and globally — that goes hand-in-hand with the mission of our Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force to better understand the challenges (the red tape) to locating or expanding a business here, and to ideate around solutions that will better serve our local businesses (the red carpet).  

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3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Burlington Ranked Internationally by American Cities of the Future for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy”

  1. Chuck Wightman

    Obviously no one awarding this accolade tried to get anywhere on Burlington’s gloriously infrequent transit. 30 minute service at rush hour makes even other backwaters look good.

  2. Wonderful accolades for Burlington. As a life-long resident, and local business owner I have always felt supportive, and proud to call this City home.
    I did live in Los Angeles for a period from 1987 to 1994, but returned to Burlington at least every couple of months for visits.
    There is something I recall that I read in the POST, many years ago. I believe there was a local initiative to enhance the Burlington/QEW corridor. If I recall it was primarily intended to focus upon the businesses on the North and South side of the QEW, from Guelph Line to BurlOak. The partially treed, and good looking properties for warehouse, and office use.
    I have wanted to share an observation for many years that I have been subjected to. I have friends that visit regularly from California that listen to my local pride in Burlington. They have asked me for twenty-five years if business is very poor in Burlington. When I first asked why they would make that observation it was because of my driving them along this QEW corridor on every visit.

    They noted that most every building has a huge great For Lease sign, PERMANENTLY, attached to the properties! Of course that is primarily from Guelph Line to Walkers for the most part, but since they are so dominating they just kind of figure it must be a sign of the entire corridor if they see a couple of others. The signs are huge, and have likely been permanently erected for longer than my friends indicated. WHAT AN EYE-SORE!

    Where they come from they do not exist. Residential properties with For Sale/For Lease signs are very scarce to them. Homeowners are more likely to drive through neighbourhoods looking for available properties. Commercial tenants not as likely, and would be more susceptible to enlisting the services of a professional Commercial Realtor. This area looks like the buildings have been permanently vacant for all these years.

    Just an observation that has “blighted” our community for years. How many millions of people drive by an see these near billboard-sized For Lease signs “forever” on the landscape of our community.

    Whatever happened to that enhancement program for the corridor? Perhaps I am mistaken of this initiative.
    For what it is worth.

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