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Mapped: North America’s top clusters

Posted by Waterloo EDC on June 2, 2021

In the first half of 2021, Waterloo EDC put a focus on using data to identify cluster strength. The presence of a cluster is shorthand for all sorts of business advantages: access to talent, access to partners/customers, access to research capacity, etc.

There’s a reason you find lots of tech workers in Silicon Valley, lots of movie sets in Georgia, lots of oil production/processing in Texas and...

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Topics: ecosystem, strategic location

Risk: Natural Hazards and Your Business

Posted by Waterloo EDC on May 27, 2021

This article is part of our "Understand the Risk" series, which looks at business risk with comparative data. Articles in this series cover natural hazards, infrastructure, economic competitiveness, stability and freedom, talent and workforce and health.

There are no hurricane evacuation route signs to be seen anywhere in Waterloo, but we do get the occasional snow day now and then. This entry in...

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Topics: ecosystem, strategic location

Mapped: North America’s Top Finance and Insurance Clusters

Posted by Waterloo EDC on May 20, 2021

This article is part of a series that looks at the highest-density clusters in North America. This series will include entries on technology, advanced manufacturing, business services, life sciences, creative industries and food and beverage.

For many companies, business expansion is a strategic move to fuel innovation, reach new customers and establish international credibility. The difficult...

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Topics: ecosystem, strategic location

Risk: An Overview for Businesses

Posted by Waterloo EDC on May 12, 2021

Finding the ideal commercial or industrial expansion opportunity goes beyond thinking about location, location, location. Where you choose to operate is an important decision – a combination of price per square foot and good parking doesn’t tell the whole story.

Picking a new location – either as a relocation or expansion opportunity – means having a deep understanding of an area's benefits and...

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Topics: ecosystem, strategic location

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