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  1. 1. Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professiona Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportu nities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spiri Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connection Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industrie Business New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Lo gistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Commu nity Tax Advantage www.airdrienow.ca Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Op Business portunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneur ial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable s Business Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Service Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Reta Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunitie Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spiri Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Ini tiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Investment Profile
  2. 2. - Inside: Airdrie Now! Location, Location, Location Thriving Regional Hub n On the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor n Local trading area of 70,000 n 15 minutes to Calgary International n Access to the 1.2 million Calgary consumer Airport and 30 minutes to downtown marketplace Calgary Strong Municipal Leadership n 24-hour delivery time to major world n Investing millions in infrastructure and markets amenities to support growth Growing & Youthful Population n Focused on sustainable development n One of the fastest growing cities in Canada (2008 population: 34,000) People & Talent n Strong entrepreneurial spirit n 7.5% average annual growth over the last five years n Educated and skilled labour force, with household income above the provincial Major Tax Advantage average n No local business tax Superior Quality of Life n One of the lowest property tax rates n 96% of residents say Airdrie has a high quality in Alberta of life Available Land Supply Targeted Business Growth n Three new serviced business parks n Four key sectors: Transportation & Logistics, n Exciting downtown development Professional Services, Advanced Manufac- opportunities turing and Environmental Industries
  3. 3. Now’s the time to be in Airdrie A dynamic and welcoming city, Airdrie offers virtually limitless opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. Situated just north of Calgary in picturesque Southern Alberta, Airdrie’s location offers a distinct financial advantage to businesses and residents, with low tax rates and a booming regional economy. Airdrie is a vital centre within the Calgary Region, and we recognize the importance of investing in infrastructure improvements and innovative ideas to create a city that’s sustainable in every sense: economically, environmentally, and socially. On behalf of our City, you’re invited to learn about Airdrie NOW! “Airdrie’s success is about the people Linda Bruce and entrepreneurs that have come for Mayor, City of Airdrie the location and stayed for the lifestyle the city offers.” Mayor Linda Bruce Business Investment Profile 01
  4. 4. Just the facts NOW Population Growth Means More properties are more competitive than Calgary and other, Opportunities similar-sized regional communities. Additionally, Airdrie businesses can benefit from the savings of no provincial One of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, an sales tax, no capital or payroll taxes, and no machinery average of seven people per day make the move to call and equipment taxes. Airdrie home. Our population has doubled in the last 10 years, with the majority of residents in the 25–44 age NOW is the time to save money in Airdrie! group. The youthfulness of our population is reflected in our community spirit and progressive approach to The Smart Choice for growing and developing our community. Small Business & Entrepreneurs NOW is the time to move to Airdrie. The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Airdrie. The competitive economic environment and superb quality Airdrie’s Tax Advantage of life our city offers has resulted in a 12% annual increase Means Business in business licenses. Every new venture is supported with community services, resources and associations to help Airdrie boasts one of the lowest municipal tax rates ensure your success. of Alberta cities, offering businesses and residents great value for their tax dollars. Even with the challenges faced Airdrie’s vibrant and diverse business community includes by explosive growth, Airdrie provides high-quality services manufacturing, professional service firms, transporta- to businesses and residents, ensuring a wise investment tion and logistics operations, as well as a growing service of tax dollars. economy. Alberta is well-known for its low tax rates, and Airdrie NOW is the time to start a new business is no exception. We have no municipal business tax, and in Airdrie. Airdrie’s local tax rates for industrial and commercial 02 www.airdrienow.ca
  5. 5. Airdrie: A Wise Investment The Home Depot, Canadian Tire, and the Real Canadian Superstore are just a sample of key retailers in Airdrie. Interest and investment in Airdrie continues to increase. Last year alone, $428 million was invested in new develop- NOW is the time to invest in a growing market. ment including a 260,000 square foot Costco Regional Distribution Centre, a $6.5 million hotel, and more than The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor: $15 million in industrial warehouse space. Residential Canada’s Western Tiger development remains the leading source of our city’s growth, and will continue with a new 300-acre residential Airdrie’s location along Alberta’s busiest artery, the development by Ontario-based Mattamy Homes. Queen Elizabeth II Highway, is a major consideration for businesses and industries. As one of Canada’s fastest- NOW is the time to invest in one of Canada’s growing regions, the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor is the most progressive cities. most urbanized and heavily populated area in Alberta. This corridor continues to take advantage of Alberta’s A Hub of Activity growing energy sector and records some of the strongest economic gains in all of North America. With a regional market of 1.2 million people and a local trade area of 70,000, Airdrie is an important hub for NOW is the time to connect to the Corridor commercial and service operations, and is closely tied in Airdrie! to the Calgary Region marketplace. The Brick, Wal-Mart, Business Investment Profile 03
  6. 6. Why Airdrie NOW! It’s Our Location As the southern gateway to the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor, Airdrie businesses have 24-hour delivery time access to a market of 50 million people in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest. Shipments reach most major US cities by air in less than four hours, and less than two days by truck. Airdrie’s proximity to the Pacific Rim through the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert makes it ideal to reach international customers quickly and efficiently. Airdrie: Distances to/from Major Markets (approximate) City Distance Driving Time Direct Flight Time Chicago 2,600 km 26 h 3 h 30 m Dallas 3,200 km 30 h 3 h 30 m Denver 1,700 km 17 h 2 h 30 m Los Angeles 2,500 km 23 h 3h Montreal 4,000 km 40 h 4h New York City 3,900 km 39 h 4 h 30 m Toronto 3,500 km 34 h 4h Vancouver 990 km 11 h 1 h 15 m 04 www.airdrienow.ca
  7. 7. It’s Our Connections By Air linking Alberta to Mexico. In addition, access to the Air connections to Canadian and international Trans-Canada Highway, the world’s longest national destinations are made at nearby Calgary Inter- highway, is just 15 minutes away. national Airport, just 15 minutes away. One of Canada’s busiest airports handling more than Airdrie businesses and residents will benefit from 12.2 million passengers and 134,000 metric tons Calgary’s new Stoney Trail Ring Road, which will of cargo annually, Calgary International Airport provide even faster access to the Trans-Canada High- is a vital hub for domestic, trans-border and way and picturesque Rocky Mountain destinations. international passengers and air cargo. By Rail By Highway Proximity to Canada’s two major railways, Excellent road conditions in Alberta and fast- Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, provide moving traffic make for exceptional highway travel. local businesses with access to rail shipping options, The stretch on the Queen Elizabeth II between including intermodal auto and trainload facilities, Calgary and Edmonton is one of the most heavily servicing every major city in North America. used highways in Canada, with 55,000 vehicles a day passing through Airdrie. NOW you can easily reach your customers and international markets! Airdrie provides quick access to the US border, and is well-positioned on the CANAMEX Highway Business Investment Profile 05
  8. 8. Building our Future NOW! The City of Airdrie is proactively planning and building our city to ensure the success and sustainability of our community during continued population growth and business sector expansion. Leading Environmental Sustainability construction, with more on the way. Several new mixed-use and multi-family projects have added 2007 marked the beginning of enVision Airdrie, our City’s diversity to the housing mix. initiative to develop a Sustainability Plan. This plan will allow our community to reduce its ecological footprint To expand housing options for our residents, the City and take a proactive approach to the social, cultural, of Airdrie has established the non-profit corporation, economic and governance pillars of sustainability. We’re Airdrie Housing Ltd., to create and oversee affordable proud to have been selected to work with The Natural housing strategies. Step on this important community initiative. A Healthy Community We take our environment seriously. Airdrie was one of The health of our community is important to us. Genesis the first communities in Alberta Place, our flagship recreation and wellness centre, is to implement a household undergoing a $28 million expansion. Amenities added garbage limit, and we recently to the existing pool and fitness facility will include a multi- launched the province’s first purpose indoor field, running track, gymnastics centre, pilot project to recycle construc- and twin arenas in phase three. The facility will allow tion waste. Plus, we’ve taken a lead in the Nose Creek Airdrie to host major recreation and community events Watershed Partnership to ensure a healthy creek eco- including trade shows, conferences and sporting events. system by actively improving water quality. Further investment in Airdrie’s recreational facilities Land Development Opportunities include Chinook Winds Regional Park. This 65-acre playground will appeal to skateboarders, baseball players, Need space for your growing business? We’ve got dog lovers, and families who will enjoy a spray park on it! Land availability is one of our key advantages. We hot summer days. recently annexed nearly 3,000 acres to support future community growth, with half designated industrial or Moving Transportation Forward commercial use. This includes three new business parks that complement our existing industrial park. Plus, several Airdrie is committed to expanding transit options for new commercial areas are under development, including our residents and businesses, and to reducing overall prime opportunities in our dynamic downtown. vehicle dependency. We are the only municipality in the region, aside from Calgary, to operate a bus service. Expanding Our Housing Horizons Plus, we’re taking a lead role in the Calgary Regional Partnership’s transportation project that aims to provide The new home construction boom is alive and well greater regional transportation linkages, enhancing in Airdrie, bringing the total number of dwellings to commuter transit options and reducing environmental over 13,000. Three brand-new subdivisions are under impacts. 06 www.airdrienow.ca
  9. 9. Life is Better in Airdrie Leading Regional Collaboration Really, it is. In fact, 96% of residents in the last citizen’s Airdrie is playing a leadership role in the Calgary Regional survey said the city offers a high quality of life. The same Partnership, a collaboration of 18 municipalities and one study concluded that residents are happy with how the First Nation. The organization takes a proactive approach City is managing its rapid growth. to solving the region’s growth, economic development and planning issues through inter-municipal cooperation. Airdrie offers safe, “neighbourly” neighbourhoods. We have all the shopping and services you would expect in a small city, plus amenities such as an 18-hole golf course, live theatre and a multitude of volunteer and community Targeting Our Growth NOW! groups. We’re being proactive about our business growth. All this, and we’re on the doorstep of world-class events, To ensure economic sustainability and long-term employ- facilities and attractions in Calgary! Or, if it’s something ment for our residents, we’ve done our research and a little quieter you’re looking for, a mountain getaway in are targeting these sectors: the heart of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains is just an hour away. n Advanced Manufacturing n Professional, Scientific and Technical Services n Transportation and Logistics n Environmental Industries Business Investment Profile 07
  10. 10. Environmental Industries Alberta’s environmental industries are at the forefront of There are currently 1,330 Alberta companies, employing developing new environmental technologies, products and almost 26,000 people, developing solutions for climate services. Driven by the need to reduce pollution, develop change and energy-efficiency, recycling and waste manage- cleaner production processes and ensure the long-term ment, and remediation and water treatment. Together, preservation of our environment, the province now they generate more than $3.5 billion in revenues annually. boasts Canada’s third-largest concentration of environ- mental companies. Environmental Industries by Province Source: Industry Canada, 2004 “We have always been impressed with the quality of the Airdrie workforce and the high rate of staff retention we’ve had over the years.” Pat Cashion President, Vitreous Glass Inc. 08 www.airdrienow.ca
  11. 11. “Airdrie is perfectly situated for a logistics- based service provider. In addition, a business can certainly leverage zero business tax, lower rent and a captive work force.” Gary Powers President eCycle Solutions eCycle Solutions, founded in 2005, operates one of North America’s most technologically advanced secure electronics recycling facilities. 99% of material arriving at eCycle is diverted from the landfill. Being located in Airdrie has helped spur eCycle’s incredibly fast growth, expanding from a handful of staff to more than 50, and from a 13,000 square foot space to over 100,000 square feet in just a few years. Why Choose Airdrie NOW! Airdrie is encouraging high-calibre environmental indus- storage projects, a technology that can make a substantial tries including green product manufacturers and services cut in greenhouse gas emissions. to build a larger presence in the city. The recent growth in environmental industries in Airdrie, including Vitreous Regionally, the City of Airdrie is working with the Calgary Glass and eCycle Solutions, show the time is right to bring Regional Partnership on a number of exciting projects your green business to our city. to bring creative solutions to issues like water and waste water servicing, organic waste recovery and the Region’s Provincial and Regional Initiatives transportation infrastructure. These projects demonstrate Airdrie’s commitment to the environment and our desire Alberta recognizes the importance of effective environ- to provide a well-managed and cost-effective climate for mental management, and recently made the largest business investment and expansion. single global commitment to advance carbon capture and Vitreous Glass Inc. opened in Airdrie in 1995, Pat Cashion, President of Vitreous Glass Inc., says his and annually collects 90,000 tonnes of post-consumer staff know they’re making an environmental change for waste glass from Alberta, British Columbia, and the better. Saskatchewan. The glass is cleaned, crushed, and sold to three fibreglass insulation manufacturers who use it as a “We chose this community because of the accessibility raw material in their production facilities. These Alberta- to both Calgary and Edmonton and its proximity to based firms produce all of the fibreglass building insulation the Trans-Canada Highway,” says Cashion. “The City’s made in Western Canada. administration is very well run, very accessible and there is an obvious culture of efficiency and customer Vitreous’ process results in their clients using less energy service.” to reheat the waste glass compared to using conventional raw materials, which ultimately reduces overall manufac- turing costs. Business Investment Profile 09
  12. 12. Professional Services Industries The City of Airdrie and the Calgary Region have seen a n Engineering significant increase in the number of professional service n Information Technology & Management firms due to Calgary’s emergence as Western Canada’s n Management Consulting business centre. At last count, professional services con- n Health Care tributed to the employment of more than 71,500 people, n Government Services and injected $3.1 billion into the Region’s total GDP. n Accounting Alberta’s thriving energy-related development plus Professionals from a wide range of services are in high municipal and provincial infrastructure projects and demand, and professional service businesses are taking private sector expansion continue to drive demand advantage of the opportunities that Airdrie has to offer. for professionals with expertise in: “The City’s mayor and senior staff made us feel very welcome in the community. That was backed up by the O Architecture level of effort that was put into ensuring our timely move to the community.” Karl Smith President and CEO FortisAlberta FortisAlberta is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis project management, contact centre and information Inc., Canada’s largest investor-owned distribution utility. technology—making FortisAlberta one of Airdrie’s The company owns and operates over 60% of Alberta’s largest employers. distribution network, focusing on safe and reliable delivery of electricity to 453,500 customers in 175 “The decision to move to Airdrie was an easy one,” communities. says Karl Smith, President and CEO of FortisAlberta. “It allowed us to get out of the volatile leasing market In 2008, the company relocated the majority of its in Calgary and put us closer to our customers. Once we operations from Calgary to a newly-constructed 84,000 got to know the community though, we were impressed square foot building in Airdrie. with the quality of the local labour force and the ease with which we have been able to attract and retain our The new facility accommodates 300 office and field workforce.” staff including jobs in engineering, procurement, 10 www.airdrienow.ca
  13. 13. Alberta’s Professional Services Industries Source: Canadian Business Patterns Data, 2005 Why Choose Airdrie NOW! Sector Growth and Availability of Talent Competitive Costs Airdrie is home to a growing number of professional Our competitive prices and low tax rates give Airdrie service operations and home-based businesses. This a distinct advantage over other municipalities, and sector’s growth is evidenced by the 35.1% increase represent significant cost savings for your business. in professional service firms over a three-year period. The Connections Your Business Needs We offer an educated and talented labour force with more than 1,100 people employed locally in engineering, Airdrie has the connections professional service firms architecture and other professional services. need. In less than a half-hour, you can be on an airplane to anywhere in the world, or doing business at down- Real Estate Availability town Calgary head offices. Airdrie’s commercial and industrial space continues to Alberta’s technological infrastructure ensures we’re increase at a phenomenal rate, providing investors and open for business worldwide. The Alberta SuperNet business owners with a range of real estate options, from broadband service links us to more than 12,000 km of established buildings for lease to units for purchase in fibre optic and wireless technology, allowing you to work our new business parks. anywhere in the world from your office in Airdrie. Cutforth Technologists Limited began its operations in 1972 expanding on the success of Cutforth Drafting Services. Today, the firm provides architectural drafting services for medium to large scale commercial and industrial projects, as well as custom residences, multi-family projects, small building designs, space planning, church layouts, and renovations projects. Over the years, the firm of six “While the digital revolution employees has established a high standard of technical enables us to work from anywhere, competence in the disciplines of architectural design Airdrie’s strategic location allows and technology. While their location in Airdrie has us to provide quality service across them well positioned and within reach of a large Southern Alberta.” client base, it’s the Alberta lifestyle that President Rob Lavigne Rob Lavigne really appreciates. President Cutforth Technologists Limited Business Investment Profile 11
  14. 14. Advanced Manufacturing Alberta’s positive business environment and the Airdrie Knows What Manufacturers growing consumer market in the Calgary Region Need: has strengthened the manufacturing sector and contributed to a growing number of new business n No local business tax and the lowest overall start-ups, and an increase in business investment. provincial taxes in Canada, including no sales n Alberta is the third-largest manufacturing tax, general capital or payroll taxes province in Canada, representing 10% n A provincial government committed to of Alberta’s GDP enhancing business competitiveness n 10,000 manufacturers of consumer and n A highly skilled, educated, and productive industrial products are located in Alberta workforce n One-third of Alberta’s 137,000 manufacturing n World-class infrastructure including workforce is in the Calgary Region transportation, telecommunications and n 10% of Airdrie’s population is employed post-secondary educational institutions in manufacturing Airdrie’s Manufacturing Diversity Source: Canadian Business Patterns Data, 2007 Non-Metallic Mineral Product Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 9.0% Manufacturing 13.0% Textile Product Mills 2.0% Machinery Manufacturing 17.0% Petroleum and Coal Miscellaneous Manufacturing 11.0% Products Manufacturing 2.0% Chemical Manufacturing 2.0% Printing and Related Support Activities 8.0% Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 2.0% Wood Product Manufacturing 4.0% Computer and Electronic Furniture and Related Product Product Manufacturing 2.0% Manufacturing 11.0% Transportation Equipment Food Manufacturing 11.0% Manufacturing 2.0% Electronic Equipment, Alliance and Component Manufacturing 4.0% “In our experience, the workforce is reliable and motivated and we have been able to attract a high quality of worker to our operation.” Derek Walker Business Unit Leader Condillo Foods Ltd. 12 www.airdrienow.ca
  15. 15. Why Choose Airdrie NOW! Almost 10% of Airdrie’s labour force is employed in have access to a market of 50 million people in less manufacturing. Our proximity to Calgary, the Queen than a day’s drive. Local manufacturers also benefit Elizabeth II Highway and the Calgary International Airport from Canadian Pacific Railway’s intermodal facility, enable local manufacturers easy access to their custom- which connects the Region to the US and the Ports ers, as well as a growing consumer market to increase of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. their sales and revenue. Prestige Business Parks Alberta enjoys manufacturing productivity that is the highest in the country, and has one of the lowest union- Accommodating business growth and expansion in ization rates in Canada. Manufacturing represents Airdrie has never been easier. Our four business parks approximately 10% of Alberta’s GDP, the largest afford easy access to the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and contributor of any sector. can accommodate a variety of operations. Transportation Connections Competitive Cost Environment Airdrie’s transportation connections are some of the best Competitive land and lease costs, no local business tax in the country. Located on the CANAMEX Corridor, and low property taxes make Airdrie an affordable near the Trans-Canada Highway, and in one of the fastest- alternative to other Alberta cities. growing economic regions in Canada, Airdrie businesses “We chose Airdrie because we Kohler Composites of wanted that small town feel, while still having the proximity Alberta Inc. has more than 25 years to the highway and Calgary.” in the aerospace composite manufacturing Klaus Kohler business. From its operation in Airdrie, the President company creates fibreglass drone air frames, Kohler Composites as well as custom mouldings for the military. of Alberta Inc. Kohler Composites specializes in building target drones and U.A.V. airframes used in military operations, and is one of only a handful of companies in Canada that manufactures these products. Condillo Foods Ltd. is a subsidiary of Old Dutch considering a location in the US,” says Derek Walker Foods Ltd., a major manufacturer of snack foods that of Condillo Foods. “What decided it for us was Airdrie’s includes potato chips and corn chips. Its state-of-the-art proximity to the Trans-Canada and Highway 2.” manufacturing processes and facilities are located across Canada and the United States and include a production Today, the 130,000 square foot Airdrie operation facility in Airdrie. employs approximately 120 workers and has one of the most modern production lines in the industry. Condillo has been an Airdrie mainstay for almost 30 years. “At the time we chose Airdrie, we were also Business Investment Profile 13
  16. 16. Transportation & Logistics The Calgary Region has a well-developed, integrated n Access to the Trans-Canada, Queen Elizabeth II and transportation and logistics infrastructure making it the CANAMEX Highways premier choice in Western Canada. This includes: n Close proximity to the Coutts/Sweetgrass n An expanding international air cargo international border crossing and passenger hub at Calgary International n A critical mass of local transportation and Airport logistics companies that provide supply chain n Rail, intermodal auto and trainload facilities and transportation management services from both Canadian Pacific Railway and n State-of-the-art telecommunications Canadian National Railway serving every infrastructure that contributes to cost-effective major city in North America and on time delivery to anywhere in the world Airdrie’s Transportation and Warehousing Industries Source: Canadian Business Patterns Data, 2007 “Transportation access was key to our selection of Airdrie. We will be loading 60-70 outbound trucks daily, so proximity to the highway was essential.” Max Lupton Depot Manager, Airdrie Costco Wholesale Corporation 14 www.airdrienow.ca
  17. 17. Why Choose Airdrie NOW! Transportation and logistics firms that have capitalized on Airport, one of the fastest growing cargo airports in Airdrie’s location include warehousing and storage firms, Canada. This provides a single hub location to receive, trucking operations and support services for transpor- transfer, store, and distribute cargo domestically and tation industries. internationally by air, rail and highway, making it possible to reach worldwide destinations within 48 hours. Market Accessibility The Airdrie AirPark, located two kilometres east of the Affordable and strategically located, Airdrie is city, is poised for growth. With a 5,000 foot runway, the well-suited to distributing and re-distributing a range airport currently accomodates a variety of corporate and of agricultural, industrial and manufactured goods to recreational aircraft. anywhere in Western Canada, as well as other Canadian, US and global markets. Companies like Wal-Mart, Rona, Available Industrial Land Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire already have distribution facilities in the Calgary Region with service Airdrie’s four serviced industrial parks are affordable and areas throughout Western Canada and beyond. able to accommodate almost any size of business opera- tion. Their location adjacent to the Calgary-Edmonton Regional and International Connections Corridor puts businesses within easy reach of Calgary, Edmonton and the US border. Airdrie’s location on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway puts it within 15 minutes of the Calgary International Kootenay Wood Transport Ltd. is a family owned operation that began in 1986 with one truck and trailer. Since then, the company has expanded to include 21 trucks and four office staff. Today, the company is active in all western provinces, and with the US border less than three hours away, they also operate in “For us, there is no better location than Airdrie. Its proximity to the all states west of the Mississippi. With a growing Calgary airport, Calgary-Edmonton client base, Kootenay is shipping a wide range of Corridor and east Calgary industrial building and industrial products as well as servic- areas is a definite advantage.” ing Alberta’s oil patch. Ken Bilben President & Owner Kootenay Wood Transport Ltd. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates an and opened a new Western Canada distribution facility international chain of membership warehouses. Costco’s in Airdrie. state-of-the-art merchandise distribution facilities are key to their operating efficiencies. The company’s worldwide The 260,000 square foot facility is located in the city’s depots handle 80% of the product throughput, and northeast and has the potential to expand to almost occupy more than 6.5 million square feet of space, 400,000 square feet on a 46 acre site, as needed. While providing a significant competitive operating advantage. initially employing 100 people, there is an expectation the depot will expand its workforce year over year, drawing In 2008, Costco spent approximately $150 million many of its employees from Airdrie and area. upgrading and expanding a number of depot operations, Business Investment Profile 15
  18. 18. Retail Attraction & Development Population and Incomes on the Rise Increased Retail Investment and Re-investment Activity Airdrie continues to enjoy one of the highest growth rates of any community in Canada, having outpaced Red As Airdrie’s downtown flourishes, the city is also seeing Deer, Edmonton and even Calgary in recent years. The a substantial rise in the number of large commercial city continues to grow at a rate of seven people per day, projects. From major mall redevelopments to new com- attracting a high percentage of families with median mercial parks and specialty retailing, there isn’t a corner household incomes of $78,097, exceeding both the of Airdrie where growth is not occurring. Commercial Calgary and provincial averages. and industrial starts continue to increase, as well as then number of business licenses issued. With hundreds of The Heart of the City millions of dollars of investment activity aimed at Airdrie– and more on the way–Airdrie is focused on meeting the Airdrie’s downtown is experiencing a renaissance, needs of a growing consumer population. having attracted exciting new developments, as well as the planned re-development of existing properties. Growing Retail Service Sector The diversity of projects will provide new residential and commercial space in the downtown and help to attract Our construction growth continues to break records. more professional service firms, offices and retail $903 million in construction activity over the past three businesses. The City’s Downtown Plan provides key years proves Airdrie is leading the pack with rapid growth support in creating a vital and lively core, making the of the provincial economy. Large retailers including The downtown a source of pride for all residents. Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Staples and Wal-Mart have locations in Airdrie, and niche retailers like The Urban Treehouse Playcentres Inc., Sully Boardsports, Cream Body & Bath, and The Butcher Shoppe are flourishing in a trading area of 70,000 people. NOW you know it’s time to come to Airdrie! “We love being in downtown Airdrie and have seen tremendous growth over the past few years. And, with all the new development happening downtown we look forward to a bright economic future.” Lynn Kehoe Owner, Cream Body & Bath 16 www.airdrienow.ca
  19. 19. Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Invest- ment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.caBusi- ness Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entre- preneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technol- ogy Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now ustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional ervices Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour orce Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportuni- ies Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building nitiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competi- ive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building nitiatives www.airdrienow.ca Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Logistics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.airdrienow.ca Bu Building Business Opportunities Environmental Industries New Investment Now Sustainable Community Tax Advantage Progressive Entrepreneurial Spirit Location Location Location Airdrie Now Professional Services Connections Advanced Manufacturing Technology Competitive Costs Transportation + Lo- istics Talented Labour Force Retail Attraction & Development Population Growth City Building Initiatives www.air Airdrie Economic Development City of Airdrie 400 Main Street SE Airdrie, Alberta, Canada T4B 3C3 Telephone: 403.948.8844 Fax: 403.948.6567 Email: economic.development@airdrie.ca www.airdrienow.ca

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