Twin Sault EDCs enhance relationship with a formal agreement

July 08, 2014

Group Signing Ceremony

Further economic and business cooperation between the Twin Saults is on the horizon thanks to a formal agreement signed today by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporations (SSMEDC) of Ontario and Michigan.

When formed, the committee will focus on collaborative initiatives in strategic sectors such as manufacturing, information technology, energy and transportation. For instance, if an American company is looking to set up a location north of the border, or if a Canadian company is looking to expand into the U.S., the two SSMEDCs would work together to attract the firm. Ultimately, the partnership is designed to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the region.    
“It is always better to work together for a common goal. In the end, both communities will benefit from this enhanced cooperation,” said Don Mitchell, President and Board Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie [Ontario] Economic Development Corporation. “The formal agreement between our two SSMEDCs will help foster additional economic partnerships between our communities.”
The cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, signed an historic Sister City agreement in 2012. The accord, which was the first of its kind for border cities in North America, set the groundwork for collaboration to take place. The memorandum of understanding signed today by the two SSMEDCs will further advance this connection.
“There’s a solid relationship between the Twin Saults that has existed for generations, and this formal agreement will bolster these ties even further,” said Jeff Holt, Board Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie [Michigan] Economic Development Corporation. “Today’s signing marks the first step in forging ahead on economic and trade-related initiatives that will benefit both of our communities.”

The memorandum of understanding establishes the framework for a number of shared projects, along with the creation of a Joint International Relations and Economic Growth Committee. When formed, the committee will focus on collaborative initiatives in strategic sectors such as manufacturing, information technology, energy and transportation.

For instance, if an American company is looking to set up a location north of the border, or if a Canadian company is looking to expand into the U.S., the two SSMEDCs would work together to attract the firm. Ultimately, the partnership is designed to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in the region.    

“It is always better to work together for a common goal. In the end, both communities will benefit from this enhanced cooperation,” said Don Mitchell, President and Board Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie [Ontario] Economic Development Corporation. “The formal agreement between our two SSMEDCs will help foster additional economic partnerships between our communities.”

The cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, signed an historic Sister City agreement in 2012. The accord, which was the first of its kind for border cities in North America, set the groundwork for collaboration to take place. The memorandum of understanding signed today by the two SSMEDCs will further advance this connection.

“There’s a solid relationship between the Twin Saults that has existed for generations, and this formal agreement will bolster these ties even further,” said Jeff Holt, Board Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie [Michigan] Economic Development Corporation. “Today’s signing marks the first step in forging ahead on economic and trade-related initiatives that will benefit both of our communities.”

View the Memorandum of Understanding here.

PHOTO: At the signing ceremony, Jeff Holt (sitting left), Board Chair of the Michigan SSMEDC; Don Mitchell (sitting right), President of the Ontario SSMEDC; Tom Dodds (standing left), CEO of the Ontario SSMEDC; Kristen Claus (standing centre), Executive Director of the Michigan SSMEDC; and Dan Hollingsworth (standing right), Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Ontario SSMEDC.  

Attachment Agreement

Other News

Posted DateTitleSummary
November 10, 2017 2017 Tourism Sault Ste. Marie Award winners announced Tourism Sault Ste. Marie hosted its 15th annual Tourism Awards last night. The evening recognized people, businesses and organizations for their contributions in bolstering the community’s visit...
November 06, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie formally vying for ferrochrome processing plant The community is entering the next phase in a major investment attraction initiative to secure a ferrochrome processing plant. Today, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation received a p...
October 30, 2017 FAMtastic year for travel media in Sault Ste. Marie To promote the community, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie hosts travel media from around the world. These familiarization (FAM) tours lead to feature stories and television coverage for the city. With 2017 w...
October 20, 2017 Scott Coffee Co. wins SSMEDC’s Business Pitch Competition We have a winner! Sarah Huckson, owner of Scott Coffee Co., took home first place in a Business Pitch Competition this week hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC). S...
October 13, 2017 SSMEDC releases small business results While attracting external companies and supporting large firms in their growth, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) also assists small businesses. The organization recently...
October 04, 2017 SSMEDC continues push for local business expansion into Asia To generate opportunities for local businesses, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) hosted a showcase last week focused on Southeast Asia. Delivered in partnership with the ...
September 21, 2017 Nominations open for 2017 Tourism SSM Awards With special events like the summer Poker Run and international chess tournaments, coupled with a record-setting season for cruise ship traffic, 2017 has been a solid year for the local tourism sector...
September 19, 2017 Local Amazing Race episode generated significant marketing results The results are in, and they’re amazing! More than 1.5 million viewers watched the Sault Ste. Marie episode of The Amazing Race Canada earlier this month. In terms of promotional value, this re...
September 12, 2017 SSMEDC marketing campaign wins national award To highlight the community’s competitive advantages, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation created a promotional brochure last year titled Why Sault Ste. Marie? The campaig...
September 08, 2017 U.S. business utilizes the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship Chalk up another success for the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship. Dan Percy owns Diverse Computing, a Florida-based criminal justice software agency that has worked with a number of prestigio...
353 records found. Page 1 of 36.1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|...