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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.

Merry Christmas

2012 has been a highly successful one for us and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this. Obviously, to all those agents who brought us business we would like to reiterate our heartfelt appreciation. We generally finalize most transactions that come our way but, to the people who tried but did not close, credit for trying and we will catch you next time. Also, our gratitude to those agents who included us on tours and even to those who thought of us when preparing their spreadsheets!

All the best to each and every one of you for the Holiday Season. We hope 2013 brings continued success to you and your companies. Merry Christmas, stay safe and enjoy your families.

Hot off Press – 333 Fifth Ave

We are able to present a terrific small pocket at 333 Fifth Ave. 4,622 sq ft. This is quite literally the closest office space to the Petroleum Club. One floor down and through the Plus 15. Double glass suite entry doors, great reception area with 8 differing sized exterior offices, a large boardroom and 3 interior offices. Very efficient. A small TI and this would be prime executive Oil & Gas space.

Full Turnkey Opportunity – Downtown Calgary

$33.00 per square foot gross rate per annum for a minimum 5 year term

Western Union

Yes – it’s true!!!

We are pleased to provide our marketing package for the current opportunities in our Western Union Building. Many of you were able to attend our Broker Open House to view our show suite offering a turnkey opportunity and were impressed with the overall ambiance and the quality of the Landlord’s standard building finishes which provides a modern and fresh look. Please review the marketing package for further details of what we have to offer! Please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a tour, a quick visit with your prospects or for more information.

We would also like to thank everyone who did take the time to join us on Oct 26, 2012 for our Broker Open House, congratulations to Dave Mulholland, Brad Currie and Jorden Martens on winning the Business Card Draw of Ticketmaster gift cards!

Calgary Brokers – Join Us!

Don’t forget the Real Properties Broker Open House this Friday (October 26, 2012).  We will be showcasing our new building standard display suite on the 10th Floor of the Western Union Building (640  – 8th Ave SW) from 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.

So, if your poison is a morning espresso or an afternoon bevy, come on over.  We will have giveaways and a business card draw.  The types of deals we are willing to do on our Western Union turnkey space will also be unveiled.

Calgary Brokers – SAVE THE DATE, Friday, October 26, 2012

The REAL Team is hosting a Broker Open House at Western Union Building (640 – 8th Ave SW), 10th Floor – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Drop in and tour our new building standard turnkey office and learn more about the deals we are prepared to do.

You can join us for a morning espresso or afternoon appetizers and bevy. There will be giveaways (while supplies last) and a business card draw for door prizes.

See you then!

Featured Calgary vacancy lists

Save the Date – Our contractors are busily creating a new show suite in the Western Union Building. When completed, we will be able to offer some of the lowest rates in the downtown for new space. Please set aside some time on October 26, 2012. We will be officially unveiling our show suite on that day with a Broker Open House. Further details to follow.

Main Floor Retail – Bantrel Tower has a great main floor retail opportunity – 3,231 sq ft. Great corner exposure for westbound traffic on 6th Ave going home. Thousands of vehicles everyday!! The space can be split as well.

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.

Ocean’s Fresh Food Group Opening Location at Jackson Square

In the Spring, Ocean’s Fresh Food Group (905/277-9988 www.oceansfood.ca) will open a 55,000 square foot Nations Fresh Food Market in the Jackson Square Mall in downtown Hamilton.

The store will be located at the west end of the mall, near the intersection of Bay and Market streets. Nations Fresh Food Market is a full service multi-ethnic supermarket featuring foods of the world under one roof, a large fresh fish market, meat and deli counters, extensive fruit and vegetable markets, a large salad bar, in-store bakery and international prepared foods for eat-in and take-out.

When it opens, it will be the Ocean’s Group’s second Nation Fresh Food Market. The first Nations Fresh Food Market is a 44,000 square foot location that is opening in late August in Woodbridge Square in Woodbridge, north of Toronto. Ocean’s Group also operates four multi-ethnic fresh food markets in the greater Toronto area and Goudy Real Estate Corp. (905/477-3000) is responsible for the chain’s site selection…….

Buffalo’s Anchor Bar is coming to Jackson Square in Hamilton

Anchor bar coming to HamiltonConstruction is scheduled to start in the Fall on the 4600 square foot restaurant. The phenomenon created by Teressa Bellissimo in Buffalo, New York in 1964 is opening its Jackson Square location in early 2013. Proclaimed the ‘Best Wings in the World’, the Anchor Bar will open an upscale casual restaurant that, in addition to its signature wings, will serve a full complement of dishes from hand-crafted wood fired pizza, sandwiches, pasta, seafood chicken and a children’s menu, along with famous Cheese Cake Factory desserts. Owners Gary Reed and David Copperthwaite expect this first Canadian location to draw customers from around Southern Ontario who may already be familiar with the Anchor Bar from trips to Buffalo as well introducing the restaurant to soon-to-be loyal customers…….