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Sarnia Lambton Shines Again


Sarnia-Lambton Shines Again
Media Release - 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2007

Sarnia, Ontario - Sarnia-Lambton has received its third endorsement in recent months as a top-ranking place to live and do business.

Site Selection Magazine today released its new class of Canadian awards and rankings. Sarnia-Lambton is featured as one of only ten communities in the category of Top Canadian Groups, recognizing local economic development groups based on total project investment, new jobs, and investment and jobs per capita. Fifty communities from across Canada were under consideration.

"This third endorsement is further recognition of Sarnia-Lambton as a place to do business and a place to live, and recognition of the work of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership", said Board Chair Les McDermott.

Lambton County Warden Jim Burns stated "Our strong commitment to economic development is paying dividends".

Building on strengths in agriculture, petrochemicals, and automotive parts, Sarnia-Lambton is becoming a leading centre for industrial bio products and alternative energy. Over $2 Billion is being invested in local projects, including the recent announcement of multi-million dollar funding for a Bio Industrial Innovation Centre to be located at the University of Western Ontario's Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

Site Selection Magazine is published by Conway Data, an international publishing and association management company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Site Selection Magazine delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms.

This new endorsement adds to the world-wide recognition Sarnia-Lambton has recently been receiving.

On August 26, 2007, the Pembina Institute, an environmental and energy think tank, ranked Sarnia as the most livable city in Ontario. With locations in Calgary, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, and Vancouver, the Pembina Institute pioneers practical, multi-stakeholder solutions to energy and environmental issues across Canada.

In their April / May, 2007, issue fDi magazine, produced by the renowned Financial Times group of London, England, ranked Sarnia third in North America in the over-all micro-city category as "micro-city of the future". Sarnia also ranked third in this category for "best development and investment promotion", and fifth in "quality of life". In all cases Sarnia was the only Ontario community listed.

"Our highly focused community development initiatives are gaining the ‘New Sarnia-Lambton' increased international recognition", commented Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley

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For further information contact:

George Mallay, General Manager
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
519.332.1820
mallay@sarnialambton.on.ca