Langley Township video aims to boost business

A promotional film is aimed at attracting businesses.

It is lights, camera, and action for a number of local business owners whose success stories are featured in a new promotional video for the Township of Langley.

The business attraction video was made by the Township’s economic development department to encourage companies to locate, expand, and grow in the Township by spotlighting all the advantages the municipality has to offer.

And who better to star in it than those who have made great accomplishments here?

“The Township of Langley has everything it takes to run a successful business – affordable land, a central location, and a great quality of life for the people who live and work here,” said Val Gafka, senior manager of corporate administration. “It just makes sense to showcase the companies that are thriving and let their owners share in their own words why they chose to locate here in the Township.”

Featuring companies ranging from small retail outlets to large professional services, the video outlines the many business assets that the Township specifically has to offer.

Named one of the Top Seven “Best Cities for Work in B.C.” by BC Business Magazine in 2014 and one of the Real Estate Investment Network’s Top 10 “Investment Towns in BC” in 2015, the Township of Langley is the hub of the Lower Mainland.

Featuring an expansive transportation network with easy access to Vancouver and international borders, the Township is home to several world class educational and research facilities and has access to a well-trained work force.

More than 7,000 businesses operate in the Township, covering 550 distinct economic activities. Of those, 14 of the top 82 largest manufacturers in Metro Vancouver are located in the Township.

“A diversified economy is critical to sustaining our healthy commercial climate,” said Gafka. “The greater the variety of business sectors, the better the opportunity we have to maintain a viable economic strategy and plan.”

She noted that, with three-quarters of the Township’s land located in the Agricultural Land Reserve, the economic development department is looking at new strategies to make the best use of the existing lands available and developing innovative partnerships and opportunities that will help businesses succeed and expand.

The business attraction video premiered November 5 at Langley Township’s 5th Annual Economic Forum, where business owners featured in the video were acknowledged for helping promote the Township and support its economy.

The video, along with an accompanying lifestyle attraction video that showcases the Township’s mix of urban and rural lifestyles, beautiful scenery, and many opportunities for employment, recreation, and education, was filmed by Langley’s Jef Gibbons.

The business and lifestyle attraction videos can be viewed on the Township of Langley’s YouTube channel.

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