Dilkens drumming up investment from companies in India

Monday, February 8, 2016

CBC News

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is on his way home from a trip to India, where he was trying to drum up investments from companies in several sectors, including manufacturing, life sciences and logistics.

Dilkens connected, "in part," with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's trade delegation to that country. He told CBC News he is trying to advance talks with a few companies who have the "strongest possibility" of coming to Windsor.

"At the end of the day, it was about economic development, trying to bring jobs to the community and trying to advance the files we've been working on that we feel have the strongest potential for Windsor," he said.

Attracting business

Dilkens was first in Budapest, Hungary, where he met with the FINA board of directors to make presentations about plans for the upcoming World Swimming Championships to be held in Windsor later this year.

From there, Dilkens connected with Wynne's delegation in India. He also met with Rakesh Naidu, interim CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.

Both were meeting with potential investors.

"These are all companies that have proven themselves in India, companies that are looking to expand," Dilkens said. "For the most part, the majority of the companies that we met with are ones that were pre-screened and many of which had already been familiar with WEEDC."