Hamilton’s economic development division earns international accreditation

Hamilton’s economic development division has earned accreditation from the International Economic Development Council, making it the first municipally controlled department to do so and only the second in Canada.

The Washington D.C.-based organization audited the department’s activities and structure, made a site visit and interviewed private organizations with dealings with the department.

“They were impressed with our model and our integration with planning,” said economic development director Neil Everson. “That’s not a common model on either side of the border.”

There are 34 economic development organizations, the vast majority in the United States, which have earned the title of Accredited Economic Development Organization. The Greater Halifax Partnership, a standalone economic development corporation, was the first in Canada.

“The City of Hamilton’s economic development office displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honour,” said IEDC president and CEO Jeff Finkle in a release.

Article courtesy of  The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Returns to Downtown Core

At its “Welcome to the Core” office opening Thursday night, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce ushered in its return to the city’s downtown core, as it moved to its new offices in the Standard Life building (120 King St. W.) at the west end of Jackson Square.

At this new location, the chamber will help local entrepreneurs learn to get funding, develop winning pitches, and more. The chamber is also launching marketing seminar sessions starting Oct. 15 and a business sessions starting Oct. 26.

The downtown Hamilton location is expected to help make the chamber more visible and accessible to the business community.

Read more about this exciting Jackson Square news on CBC.ca.

Introducing the Real Properties Limited Blog

Welcome to the first installment of the blog for First, Second and Fourth Real Properties Limited. You may have noted that we have changed our Web Site to reflect a new combined identity for our companies as the Real group of properties. This has been done for ease of communication and identification, however the individual companies have not changed names and all of our property ownership is unchanged. We will be using this blog to inform you of new developments in the leasing and management of our properties and to share other information. We have also launched a vacancy update feature that will allow subscribers to get immediate notification of any vacancy changes. Subscribing to this blog and our vacancy updates is easy and can be done on our Site.

We look forward to being able to provide timely and accurate information that will help all of us. Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you soon!