UWindsor study touts job-creating logistics cluster around new bridge

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“Our study is focused on the permanent economic benefits that will arise due to improved cross-border transportation services that the new bridge will provide once it’s open,” said Bill Anderson, director of the Cross-Border Institute in a media release.

“Based on our background research and consultations with numerous industry players, we have concluded that the transportation, distribution and logistics sector presents the most significant and attainable opportunities for the development of new economic activities or expansion of existing activities stimulated by the new bridge.”

Replica model of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (for story by Dave Battagello/Windsor Star) Courtesy of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
Replica model of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Photo by Courtesy of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority /Windsor Star

The study finds that a robust cluster would provide local employment opportunities that could be filled by workers from both Canada and the United States. These new jobs would range from routine manual tasks to cutting-edge positions in information and communications technology. The cluster would enhance the competitiveness of other industries in the region, including manufacturing, agrifood, and e-commerce.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority commissioned the 68-page report to look into how the region could best position itself to benefit from the bridge after it’s constructed.

The Cross-Border Institute is a specialized research centre that studies the movement of people, goods, services and funds across international borders.

“Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is committed to the region’s economic success,” said CEO Bryce Phillips in the release. “The unique opportunities identified in the study are just some of the ideas the business community and local agencies can capitalize on to benefit from this new border transportation system.

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