Massive 1,900 acre innovation hub planned for Markham

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Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti was in the news this week when he used his address to a tech conference in Toronto when he announced that his city had designated about 770 hectares (1,900 acres) of private and city-owned lands that will be developed as a home for innovators.

Arguably this will be one of the largest innovation districts in North America and be close to the Canadian offices of a number of major technology companies such as IBM and American chip-makers Advance Micro Devices and Qualcomm.

Scarpitti says representatives from major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco are also at the four-day-long Collision technology conference in Toronto to promote their own innovation hubs.

Scarpitti says the Markham hub will give new and growing companies the opportunity to set up shop very close to each other, providing an environment that helps foster successive collaboration among start-up companies.

Scarpitti has been a long-time promoter of Markham as a technology hub that’s already home to more than 1,500 information, automotive and life sciences companies.

Markham was one of the communities that worked with the City of Toronto in a bid to attract Amazon’s HQ2 — a second global headquarters for the online retailer and technology developer. -CINEWS

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