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REGIONAL NEWS Private industry and RM of Rosser collaborating to move


industrial development forward in CentrePort Canada 1000+ acres sold/conditionally sold over past year at the inland port; market demand shows no signs of slowing down


Diane Gray, CentrePort Canada


of private industrial activity. CentrePort North lands (the inland port area within the Rural Municipality of Rosser) have seen a major increase in demand as fully- serviced industrial projects have been brought to market by the development community. In fact, more than 1000 acres have been sold or conditionally sold in the last 12 months. Serviced industrial land has been dif-


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ficult to find in the region and what was available was generally older and less functional for today’s industrial require- ments. Tis has led to significant pent up market demand as companies look for new inventory in strategically located areas with access to major transportation routes. With access to Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, three Class I railways and CentrePort Canada Way, allowing companies to move goods efficiently in all directions, CentrePort is an ideal location for trade oriented industrial operations. Notable developments include: Brookside Industrial Park Phase III: a


fully-serviced 100-acre industrial park that came to market in June 2018. In just three months, over 75% of the available lots have been sold or conditionally sold and real estate agents for the project, Cushman & Wakefield Winnipeg, expect the rest of the land to move quickly. BrookPort Business Park: Whiteland


Developers recently announced an in- dustrial business park located to the west of Brookside Boulevard and south of the planned Chief Peguis Trail extension. Te $26-million industrial park will feature 80 acres of shovel-ready, fully-serviced land; construction on sewer, water and roadways began in August. With strong early demand for the project, and multiple offers in the pre-sale phase, Whiteland sees lots of


potential for growth in the area, so much so that they have an additional 80 acres of contiguous land they plan to bring to market in a year. Tis brings their project to 160 acres in size. Private Companies/Developers: 500+


acres have been sold or conditionally sold to developers/private companies. Notably, a private company has purchased 475 acres of land in CentrePort South (the lands within the City of Winnipeg) for future development. Te inland port capitalizes on Manitoba’s


strategic location and transportation infra- structure, making it particularly attractive for companies in advanced manufactur- ing, agribusiness and the transportation


and logistics sectors. CentrePort has been working closely with the private sector, Yes! Winnipeg, and government partners to at- tract businesses to locate at the inland port. Te inland port is resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment, jobs and opportunities in Manitoba. Collaboration and active engagement


with the RM of Rosser has been one of the keys to success to date. Teir understand- ing of the long term vision for CentrePort and their willingness to collaborate with and support companies looking to do busi- ness in the municipality helps to expedite development and simplifies decision mak- ing processes. Along with support from the RM of


Rosser, companies locating at CentrePort have access to the Inland Port Special Plan- ning Area (IPSPA). Te IPSPA, driven by the Province of Manitoba, provides a dedicated planner for the area and streamlines the land-development approval process. Tis allows businesses to have cost and plan- ning certainty, transparency and speed to market. With private industry, developers, local


governments and the Province of Manitoba working with CentrePort Canada Inc., the entire region is starting to feel the econom- ic impacts of the inland port project and see the transformational role that it can play in Manitoba’s future as a key transportation gateway and leader in global trade.


Get Manitoba on the road to trade, and to a better deal for municipalities


Chris Lorenc, Manitoba Heavy Con- struction Association


country or – for some of us – the season of renovations. Whether you beat a path to sights unknown or just to the hardware store, answer this: How was your drive? At some point it was bumpy or down-


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right jarring. For all of us, our roads are an economic hazard. Too many of Manitoba’s streets, roads


and highways are in bad shape. In fact, the provincial infrastructure gap – the difference between what is now spent and what must be spent to get our roads in good shape – is about $6 billion. Te total mu- nicipal infrastructure investment deficit is $13 billion. Winnipeg would need to invest $300 million annually for 10 years to fix its deficit in roads and bridges. Your municipality is facing a similar


challenge. Tis is an issue for the October 24 elections – repeated public opinion surveys show that infrastructure is the No. 1 issue of voters.


ummer is spent and the kids are back to school. So ends the days at the lake, the road trips to see a bit of our


well beyond current resources. Provincial transfers to municipalities are effectively frozen. Tri-government funding agree- ments do not factor in life-cycle (financ- ing, maintenance) costs, so when the new blacktop weathers a few seasons, local tax- payers shoulder the cost of filling potholes, rebuilding curbs or peeling off the asphalt. Bad infrastructure is bad for the econo-


my. Our roads and highways are the arter- ies carrying the goods, services and people to their destinations – that, in a nutshell, is trade. In Manitoba, trade accounts for 53% of GDP. Choke trade (traffic jams, idling, detours) and the economic and environ- mental costs are real. Productivity falls, clients get frustrated and business stalls. Trade generates the revenues that fund


Chris Lorenc. But no municipality can alone muster


the revenues to solve their infrastructure investment deficit. Municipal govern- ments get less than 12 cents of every tax dollar, but they own about 50% of public infrastructure. Tat’s an economic burden


the public services supporting our stand- ard of living. Every dollar invested in strategic infrastructure boosts the GDP by $1.30 - $1.60 – amongst the highest return on any public investment. Starving infrastructure of necessary in-


vestment is simply defeatist by its nature. Our municipalities need better funding agreements and new sources of revenue to meet the challenge.


St. Vital Location OPENING SOON!


1-827 Dakota St. (Across from St. Vital Centre)


4 Regional Times winnipegmetroregion.ca Autumn 2018 Te Manitoba Heavy Construction As-


sociation is among six leading Manitoba business organizations calling for a new fiscal deal, to rebalance the roles and re- sponsibilities of all levels of government to provide municipalities the necessary fiscal capacity. We need to explore new ways for towns and cities to raise revenue: A share of provincial sales tax; a municipal consumption tax? Winnipeg's Metropolitan Region mu-


nicipalities have worked together for years to set aside agendas focused solely on local priorities. Tey are ready for provincial engagement on regional transportation investment strategies to make the most of scarce dollars and grow the region’s economy to benefit all. So this fall, when the council or reeve/


mayoral candidates knock at your door, ask them to support trade. Tell them to ensure our roads can move our economy to greater prosperity – get moving Mani- toba to a ‘new deal’ for municipalities to finally fix the multibillion-dollar infra- structure gap. Chris Lorenc is the president of the Mani- toba Heavy Construction Association


ver the last year, CentrePort Can- ada, North America’s largest tri- modal inland port, has seen a flurry


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