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Horizon recognized as champion of brownfield redevelopment


October 30, 2014 – Horizon Utilities Corp. has won the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) Brownie Award at the 2014 Canadian Brownfields Conference. The award celebrates excellence in brownfield redevelopment by transforming contaminated sites into “great places”.

“Winning the CUI Brownie Award is a tremendous honour for Horizon Utilities. Our strategic decision to focus on removing barriers and facilitating brownfield redevelopment, reinvestment and regeneration, is contributing to a stronger community,” said Neil Freeman, vice-president, business development.

Horizon (which is jointly owned by the municipalities of Hamilton and St. Catharines) won the CUI Brownie Award in the Legislation, Policy & Program Initiatives category.

“Integrating utility data with municipal economic development and real estate data is making infill development more attractive financially for business when making location decisions,” Freeman noted.

Horizon’s active interest in brownfield development began in 2007, it says, by providing knowledge of electrical infrastructure and legacy customer-owned equipment from brownfield properties to municipal economic development departments.