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Site Selection Names Canada's Best Locations and 2016's Top US Utilities in Economic Development

Atlanta, September 1, 2016: Ontario is the most competitive province in a competitive nation, followed by upstart New Brunswick and Québec. And metro areas from Greater Toronto and Montréal to Moncton, Vancouver and Winnipeg head Site Selection’s annual list of top Canadian economic development groups (see full list below).

Those are the conclusions reached as Site Selection publishes in its new September issue its tenth annual Canada’s Best Locations awards and rankings, based on April 2015-March 2016 corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data derived from the publication’s proprietary Conway Projects Database and the magazine’s own research. The Canadian Competitiveness Award, this year awarded to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, goes to the leading province based on data derived from qualifying new corporate facilities and expansions. The Top Canadian Groups are local or regional economic development groups ranked based on project data, regional partnership, proactive and innovative programming, and quality data and Web tools and resources.

"His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Canada's Governor General, put it best when he told me, 'We are deeply interested in the innovation process,' part of an overall national vision that encompasses what he calls the five Cs of an innovation culture — curiosity, capability, creativity, collaboration and celebration," says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. "These economic development organizations are helping to make that vision come true, within a national framework that includes a few more Cs — commerce, community and, in the case of immigration and refugee policy, compassion."

Not only is Ontario leading the way with proactive programs and policies, its regions and municipalities are too: Half of the 10 Top Canadian Groups hail from the province. The Canada’s Best Locations 2016 report includes a Canadian economic development directory, and is posted at

"The annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors," says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. "We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings."

Top Utilities in Economic Development

Also featured in the September issue are Site Selection's annual rankings of Top US Utilities in Economic Development (see list below), based on analysis of corporate end-user project activity in 2015 in that company’s territory (from Conway Projects Database and submitted materials from utilities); website tools and data; innovative programs and incentives for business, including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; and the utility’s own job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends. "This year's Top Utilities are the class of their field when it comes to economic development teamwork," says Managing Editor Adam Bruns of the rankings Site Selection has published since 1999. "Serving the utility needs of existing, expanding and new companies can mean making a lot more connections than the electrical kind."

"Utilities play a key role as participants in the economic development efforts of cities, regions and all areas working to improve their local business climate," says Editor-in-Chief Mark Arend. "This year's Top Utilities were particularly successful in this endeavor in 2015."

In addition to an array of state spotlights, industry reports and Investment Profiles, the new issue of Site Selection includes analysis of the impact of the UK Brexit vote from a braintrust of experts on foreign direct investment. It also includes exclusive contributions on infrastructure from author, TV host and professional engineering explainer Prof. Henry Petroski; logistics and resilience from author and thought leader Prof. Yossi Sheffi, head of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics; and rural economic development from Prager Co. President Adam Prager.

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection and its affiliated e-newsletters are also available via Site Selection Online. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Conway since 1954 has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world. Conway owns and manages Conway Events; Berlin-based FDI Conway Advisory; and New York-based Conway PR & Marketing. Conway also manages the Industrial Asset Management Council. Conway in 2013 launched a Custom Publishing Division, and employs over 80 people in 10 offices in seven countries.

2016 Canadian Competitiveness Rankings
1. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
2. Opportunities NB
3. Invest Québec

2016 Canada's Best Locations (alphabetical order)
Advantage Brantford
City of Hamilton Economic Development (Ont.)
London Economic Development Corporation (Ont.)
Greater Moncton Economic Development (New Brunswick)
Montréal International
Québec International
Invest Toronto
Vancouver Economic Commission
Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation (Ont.)
Economic Development Winnipeg (Manitoba)

2016 Canada's Best Locations Honorable Mention
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Enterprise Saint John (NB)
Ignite Fredericton (NB)
Halifax Partnership (Nova Scotia)
City of Mississauga Economic Development Office (Ont.)
Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern BC)
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
Invest Ottawa
Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (Saskatchewan)
City of Surrey Business & Economic Development (BC)

2016 Top Utilities In Economic Development (alphabetical order)
Alabama Power Company
American Electric Power
CenterPoint Energy
Duke Energy
ElectriCities of North Carolina
Entergy Services
Georgia Power
LG&E/KU Energy (PPL)
PECO, An Exelon Company
Tennessee Valley Authority

2016 Honorable Mention Utilities In Economic Development
ComEd - An Exelon Company
FirstEnergy Corp.
Florida Power & Light Company
Gulf Power Company
Kansas City Power & Light
Mississippi Power
Omaha Public Power District (OPPD)
PowerSouth Energy
South Carolina Power Team
Tucson Electric Power