Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario is a charming rural community, which is becoming increasingly known for its broadening diversity of business activity. Chatham-Kent, with a population of 104,000, is located just northeast of the Windsor-Detroit international border. Incorporated in 1998, through the amalgamation of 22 former municipalities, it is easily accessible from Highway 401, with competitive land costs that make it an extremely attractive destination for commerce.
THE NAMES CHATHAM AND KENT were originally appointed by John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant- Governor of Upper Canada in the late 1700s, in honour of the Earl of Chatham, William Pitt the Younger and the county of Kent, England. Lumbering was the first successful industry in Kent County, and once the terra firma was cleared Chatham was then developed as a marketing centre for the surrounding rich agricultural land.
The Canadian Business Journal recently spoke with Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, Director of Economic Development, Michael Burton and Communications Officer, Community Development, Brian Worrall about the many burgeoning business opportunities within the municipality, and of course the always reliable agricultural sector.