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Montréal Mayor and MI embark on economic mission to New York City

April 25, 2013

Montréal Mayor, M. Michael Applebaum, is heading toNew York City as part of an economic mission held in collaboration with Montréal International (MI), from April 27 to 29.

“This is a particularly auspicious time for such a mission, as Greater Montréal has just landed first place in fDi Magazine’s American Cities of the Future 2013/14 rankings for Best Major American City for FDI Strategy 2013/14, beating 126 other major urban centres in the Americas. This mission to New York City will provide an ideal opportunity to highlight Montréal’s strengths and assets,” said Mayor Applebaum.

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Élie Farah, Vice-President Investment Grand Montréal of Montréal International, Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum, André Boisclair, Quebec General Delegate in New York, and Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International.

During this mission, Mayor Applebaum will meet with investment site selection specialists and be interviewed by high-profileNew York Citymedia. He will also visit the internationally-recognized High Line urban renewal project consisting of an obsolete elevated freight rail line that has been turned into an urban park. During his visit, Mayor Applebaum will also have discussions with Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation; Marty Markowitz, Borough President of Brooklyn; the Québec Delegate General in New York; the Consul General of Canada; and potential investors.

Implementing a proven formula, Montréal International and its partners will be holding a promotional event inNew York Cityon Sunday, April 28, 2013, as part of a presentation of Cirque du Soleil’s show Totem. MI’s guests will include executives from the head offices of firms with subsidiaries in Greater Montréal, business leaders who are considering investing in the Montréal metropolitan region, and executives of major companies with whom Montréal International is looking to develop partnerships.

Investment from foreign companies contributes to Greater Montréal’s economic growth and prosperity. We are very pleased that we can count on the presence of Montréal Mayor Michael Applebaum and Québec Delegate General in New York André Boisclair, among others, to support our efforts to attract foreign direct investments,” said Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International.

“Given its economic, financial and cultural importance,New York Cityis a prime location to pursue and intensify the Montréal region’s promotion and prospecting efforts. This economic mission should help us raise our region’s level of visibility and position Montréal as an attractive option for US investors”, concluded Mayor Applebaum.

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