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News Release

Durham Region launches new digital technology portal

WHITBY, ON January 30, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, in collaboration with Spark Centre, has launched the Durham Innovation and Technology Portal. This integrated online resource is designed to promote Durham Region’s digital technology sector, with a focus on attracting international investors.

In 2013, the digital technology sector was identified as an emerging sector—one that required a dedicated focus to help it grow and expand. As such, an online presence was developed to help specifically target this sector.

“With the digital technology sector evolving at a rapid pace, it’s imperative for Durham Region to remain innovative and provide leading-edge tools for potential investors,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “The portal is a valuable resource that will support local technology companies and also act as an investment attraction tool—encouraging economic growth throughout the region.”

The Durham Innovation and Technology Portal provides up-to-date information about: the latest investment opportunities from local companies seeking partnerships, investors or venture capital funding; existing companies; strengths in post-secondary training; research and development; available incentives; local support networks; and local industry-related support events.

It will also be used as part of Durham Region’s overall Foreign Investment Attraction Plan, which aims to respond to potential foreign and domestic investors and generate new leads. In fact, the portal project was made possible by a joint-funding initiative from the Region of Durham and Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI), which provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment programs and resources. This funding enables Durham Region to promote its diverse employment base and attract, retain and expand direct investments from foreign markets.

To access the Durham Innovation and Technology Portal, visit http://ditp.ca.

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