Recently we wrote about Halton as one of the locations being considered for Amazon’s second North American headquarters. This news may have come as a surprise to those who were unaware of Halton’s status as a center for tech and innovation, but the region should not be underestimated in this regard.
The renowned neighbouring tech hubs of Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo have long overshadowed Halton in this sector but that is beginning to change. With over 600 tech companies and 500,000 people living in the region, Halton is becoming more and more attractive to professionals looking to escape the soaring real estate prices and stressful commutes associated with living or working in Toronto.
Also to its advantage is the region’s proximity to post-secondary institutions. 16 nearby colleges and universities provide valuable research and collaboration opportunities, as well as a stream of highly qualified candidates for employment post-graduation.
Within the region there are many organizations focused on fostering the thriving tech sector community as well. Silicon Halton is just one example of a group that regularly brings together members of the industry to help develop business and networking opportunities. For more information you can visit their website to learn about local tech related events and other members of Halton’s growing tech market.
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