North Bay is an exciting and vibrant region, as they are on the cutting edge of information and technology, and are well-positioned to thrive in the new global economy. It is a place that is recognized for the fact that it is one of Ontario's most community-spirited cities. The city lies geographically at the strategic center of the province, at the intersection of three railroads, and at the junction of two major highways. Additionally, they have one of the finest airports in the world. It is no surprise then that North Bay is quickly becoming a favorite place for businesses to link themselves with the world. (North Bay, 2009).
The city of North Bay is one that has deep historical roots as a transportation and communication hub that date back to the mid- nineteenth century.
[...] North Bay has ample telecommunication services and is included as a part of Bell Canada's Special Services Digital Network, which provides services that are not available in many other locations. The technology sector in North Bay is expanding due to the involvement of major companies like Bell Canada, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, IBM and Northern Telecom which are all playing a significant role in the growing role of the telecomputer sector. This highlights the fact that the city will continue to be strong in the high-tech sector, something that will ensure it continues to be competitive in the global economy. [...]
[...] Geographically it is easy to access as it sits at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 11, it is a short drive to the major urban centers of Toronto and Ottawa and is within a day's drive to over 100 million potential customers. It has an excellent airport with a 10,000 foot runway that accommodates aircraft of all types. Historically, the city is located at a strategic point along rail routes, and this has always served to make North Bay accessible to markets all across the continent. [...]
[...] Contemporary Community Demographic and Economic Profile North Bay is a very competitive city that is well-positioned to thrive in the global economy. It is comprised of light industry that is clean, labor intensive and one that needs a semi-skilled labor force. When businesses and individuals are seeking places to invest, North Bay's community demographic and economic profile will illustrate that North Bay is an excellent place to do business. (North Bay Economic Development, 2008). North Bay has an abundance of available low-cost and fully serviced industrial land that is ready to be developed according to the needs of the companies that invest there. [...]
[...] The median earnings for persons 15 years and older who worked a full year in North Bay is $40,948, but there is a somewhat large gender disparity as men earn $45,709 and females earn $36,033. (Statistics Canada, 2009). Any city that seeks to be competitive in the new global economy needs a vibrant workforce that can allow the city to keep up with other competitive cities. North Bay has a labor force that consists of skilled, semi-skilled and workers that are eager and available to learn. [...]
[...] The history of North Bay includes tales of Samuel de Champlain canoeing up the Ottawa River and through to the Mattawa River as he embarked on an exploratory trip of the North Bay area in 1615. North's Bay's important waterway is one that lies on an ancient fault in the Canadian Shield that now serves as a background for the city. This is known as the North Bay escarpment. This escarpment serves as a roadblock in the construction of a transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, as such, the rail route had to follow the shores of Lake Nipissing. [...]
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