The main economic industries for the Town of Gander include transportation, communications, public administration and defense. In addition, a large portion of the economy in Gander is driven by the service industry, as it is central to a catchment area consisting of some 86,000 people within a 100 km radius including 149 communities.

The Town of Gander has large tracts of available and serviced land in close proximity to Gander International Airport and the downtown area of the community adjacent to arterial routes and the Trans Canada Highway. These assets make the community ready for any type of development including manufacturing. The community is also extremely well situated for new developments in the information technology industry.

Already 450 businesses have made their home in Gander with an additional 150 businesses in the home based business sector beginning their growth process under the town's regulatory process. Gander is a participating community of the Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprises (EDGE) Program offering tax incentives to qualifying companies. The Town's low tax rates and manufacturing incentives are just two of the obvious advantages Gander has to offer.

Tourism is a major industry within the Town of Gander and the central Newfoundland region as a whole. Two regional tourism associations represent the industry and promote the region's special events and festivals at major trade shows at various provincial, national and international venues. The Town of Gander's Festival of Flight is the largest festival in the central Newfoundland area, taking place during the first week of August each year.

In 1997, Newfoundland's first Hot Air Balloon Festival was incorporated into the Festival of Flight and later won top national marketing awards from the Economic Developers Association of Canada. Being centrally located with a hotel capacity of 500 rooms, Gander has traditionally been a favorite spot for regional, provincial and national conferences and is comfortable in hosting groups up to 1000 delegates. The Town of Gander's Development Department works closely with event organizers and planners and hotel staff to ensure that events are successful and that delegates will be anxious to return. 



Gander offers a host of recreational opportunities both for tourists and residents.The Town supports and operates many parks, hiking trails, playgrounds and recreational programs year round including a multi-purpose hockey arena, a curling club and an 18-hole golf course that sprawls over a pristine country setting. Hailed as one of the most remarkable recoveries of Atlantic salmon in eastern North America, the nearby Gander River is a world class waterway offering thrilling adventures and superb angling.

The Town of Gander has a variety of apartments, condominiums, cottages and homes to suit every need including a complete selection of accommodations for the retired. The community has seniors apartments, cottages and a housing development dedicated exclusively to the needs of the retired. The Town is also a regional post-secondary training centre with three community colleges offering a variety of trades and technology career choices. As a result, Gander's skilled labor force boasts a higher level of training than that of the province as a whole, with 55% having some post-secondary education as compared to 49% provincially. As well, the labor force participation rate for both men and women is above the provincial average.

The Town is a progressive community with an available and skilled labor force, training institutions ready to respond to the needs of industry, available land for business development, excellent tax rates, available and affordable housing and a committed Council and community anxious to respond to the needs of new business development.

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