Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Halifax Gateway Hosting Delegates from North America, Europe and Asia for Halifax Logistics Park Summits

November 13, 2012 – Halifax, NS - The Halifax Gateway Council (HGC) is hosting three separate inbound missions to Halifax for commercial delegates from North America, Europe and Asia.  The Halifax Logistics Park Summits are scheduled to take place November 14-15 (North American), November 27-28 (European) and late March (Asian).

“Strategically located on the East Coast of North America, the deep-water Port of Halifax and the award-winning Halifax Stanfield International Airport are the anchors of a seamlessly integrated transportation system that is open for business,” says Joyce Carter, Halifax Gateway Council Chairperson.  “We have geographic advantages, an educated and reliable labour force, and over $100 billion in mega projects underway, or scheduled to get underway, in Atlantic Canada.  The delegates will see first-hand the benefits of the Halifax Gateway.”

The summits will include presentations and meetings with the Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, CN, Greater Halifax Partnership and all three levels of government.    Infrastructure tours will also be provided including the container terminals and the Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park, a key component of the service offering and an ideal location for freight forwarders, cargo owners, and others to either situate new cargo logistics operations or expand existing operations.  There will also be one-on-one meetings with local business and an opportunity to network with stakeholders including government partners.

"Nova Scotia is geographically positioned to be a significant part of the sea and air freight gateway to and from North America because of our infrastructure links and proven capabilities. Through jobsHere, we are using our advantages to compete on a global scale,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “This is a vital project in helping the province seize new opportunities and create good jobs for families across the province.”

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Gateways and Border Crossings Fund in support of the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor, Nova Scotia Economic Rural Development & Tourism, the Port of Halifax, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Greater Halifax Partnership.

About the Halifax Gateway

Strategically positioned on the east coast of Canada, the Halifax Gateway is an integral component of Canada’s Atlantic Gateway and is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the international Port of Halifax, two super post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.  The Halifax Gateway Council provides a forum for transportation stakeholders in the Halifax region to work together to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the Gateway. The council is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Greater Halifax Partnership. www.greaterhalifax.com

About the Greater Halifax Partnership

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the lead economic development organization for Halifax. The Partnership works to keep and grow business, attract new investment, strengthen the community and help people succeed. More than 130 businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership to support economic growth in Halifax.   www.greaterhalifax.com