VIDEO: Windsor-Essex Officials Working to Attract Tech Sector Jobs

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Business leaders in Windsor-Essex say they are taking steps to attract high-tech jobs to the region. 

A report from TD Economics titled "The Digital Divide Between Canadian Cities" points to the need for economics dependent on manufacturing -- like Windsor's -- to grow the tech sector to better attract well paying jobs. 

As heard on AM800's The Afternoon News on Wednesday, the report says Canada's largest cities are currently hogging well-paying tech sector jobs, and warns the landscape is "fertile" for cities dependent on traditional industry to see high paying jobs replaced by lower income earners due to the declining manufacturing industry.

Report co-author Shernette McLeod says Windsor could build a tech sector by leveraging the college and university, lower costs compared to big cities and our proximity to Detroit.

The CEO of the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation says that is happening already.

Stephen MacKenzie tells CTV Windsor, he's confident the region is going in the right direction.

"We think we have the resources here, access to capital, university support, access to companies, access to Detroit and Toronto," says MacKenzie.

Windsor has already seen its fair share of manufacturing loss.

CS Wind has shut down.while Nemak is set to close in the middle of 2020 and the third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plan will end in October.