New Westminster is geographically, economically, & technologically well situated in the centre of Metro Vancouver. It is the accessible & affordable solution for businesses that require advanced logistical & intellectual assets, manufacturing capability & access to world markets. It is just 30 minutes to YVR & the US border, is dense & compact, and features five SkyTrain stations & unique, walkable neighbourhoods. New Westminster encourages business growth through a cost effective & supportive business environment and is focused on promoting opportunities in several sectors such as health, education, retail & service, tourism & the knowledge-based workforce. The city’s new Economic Development Plan, Future Forward, is the result of comprehensive engagement with local businesses & stakeholders. Strategies contained in the plan are well underway & the city has had measurable success already, including an improved business experience & resources & strengthened strategic partnerships.