Calgarians are about to see the payoff after Calgary Economic Development led a mission to woo Silicon Valley companies in a bid to fill some empty downtown office space.
The trip earlier this month which included Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous was an effort to convince technology companies on the benefits of moving to Calgary.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi Monday announced at least one tech company has agreed to open an office in the city.
For now the Mayor is being coy about which company is involved. “I will say that it is a well-known name in the tech industry,” Nenshi said. “And the fact that this will be their first foray in Canada will have ripple effects far beyond their own investment.”
Nenshi told reporters Calgarians won’t have to wait long for the big reveal.
“We’ll have an announcement and a ribbon cutting on one very, very soon. And there’s a couple of pretty big fish that – maybe there’s not a 50 per cent possibility they might come, it might be a 20 per cent possibility – but if they do come it would mean thousands and thousands of jobs so these are things that a really worthwhile to invest in.”
Many of the companies, cited problems with immigration and visas in the U.S. while others said they are ready to invest tomorrow. “I may have to go back one more time in June to follow up on a couple of the meetings we had in April, but it all depends on how the conversations go,” Nenshi said.
with files from Aurelio Perri, News Talk 770.