Concierge Service Launched For Investors In Windsor

Significant investors looking to put their money into Windsor will get more help navigating the processes than in the past.

The city is launching the Investment Support Program, which is described as a concierge-type of service.

The program is primarily for projects that generate substantial numbers of jobs or will attract significant numbers of visitors.

Mayor Drew Dilkens says its a service many US cities offer and investors have come to expect.

Dilkens says even smaller investors will benefit as the city uses this program to streamline its processes.

He says the goal is to reduce or eliminate barriers to investment in Windsor.  "We're looking to make it easier to invest in Windsor and easier to do business in Windsor and I think this will be an important step to welcoming investment, to get all the relevant players around the table and have those conversations with investors up front and early."

Dilkens says there is no additional cost to the program because it will be administered by Economic Development Officer Matt Johnson who will be the "account manager" for each investor.

All the relevant departments will be around the table with the investor during initial meetings so the investor understands the requirements of setting up a business.

Among the requirements to be included in the program is to create or retain 50 jobs in manufacturing or 20-30 positions in certain targeted sectors such as knowledge-based jobs.

One investor has been identified to be the first to go through the process and Dilkens is optimistic for a positive announcement in a month or two.