Leaders from Canada and the United States meet in Erie to strengthen cross-border business relations
Leaders from Canada and the United States met Wednesday in Erie to try to figure out how they can make doing business better for both sides of the border.
The Consulate General of Canada in New York has been in Pennsylvania for three days to meet with leaders. He said the state of Pennsylvania is extremely important to Canada and vice versa.
André Frenette visited the Manufacturer and Business Association as part of ongoing efforts to develop relations between Canada and the United States. He said your number one customer in Pennsylvania is Canada.
“You sell more products to Canada than to China and the UK combined, so that’s a very important thing. I am here in Erie County to better understand the business community,” said André Frenette, Consulate General of Canada in New York.
During the meeting, they discussed and shared their views on how they could improve and deepen this relationship.
“When we look at the challenges arising from the COVID pandemic, when we look at the current geopolitical climate with Russia and Ukraine, when we look at all of these challenges, it is important from a supply chain perspective to s ensure that the partners work well together,” added Frenette.
Erie County Executive Brenton Davis said we have more in common with Canada than many places here in the United States.
“To build these relationships in these emerging industries, things like Project Resolve, Project Neptune, supporting our energy industry and many other critical industries, Canada is our number one export partner globally,” Brenton said. Davis, Erie County Executive.
He said relationship building is critical for our economy, jobs and recruiting Canadian companies into these emerging industries.
“But also the investments we make with ARPA dollars and different community investments to build our economy and establish ourselves, for example, in plastics, in heavy industrial electric vehicle battery, research and development, c That’s how we put them on the map,” Davis added.
There are already over 300 Canadian companies operating in Erie County.