WooHoo – Welcome NLOWE and delegates to Gander and Area!
I can’t believe it is about to happen…NLOWE Conference in Gander! It has been a while in the works but here we are. The Chamber has been working with and supporting Destination Gander to ensure that the 2013 NLOWE Conference found its way to Gander. It did!
Gander is a community built on flight with an aviation history that predates the Town’s incorporation in 1958. At the time of its inception, Gander’s airfield was the largest in the world and Gander earned the nickname “Cross-Roads of the Word” as its airport became the primary refuelling stop for transatlantic flights after World War II. Gander played host to a who’s who of the day as Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, The Beatles, Hugh Hefner, Fidel Castro, Marlene Dietrich, to name a few, all touched down in Gander!
With a population of 11,054 residents and growing, Gander is a thriving municipality that offers all amenities and services of a modern urban setting. The community is now the central service and industrial hub on Newfoundland’s northeast coast. Some 128 surrounding communities, with a combined population of 90,000, rely on the business and services provided in Gander. In fact, in a recent analysis of urban centres, MoneySense magazine ranked the Town of Gander among one of the top ten places to live in all of Canada.
A number of NLOWE Award recipients hail from Gander and area. Innovation and entrepreneurship is alive and well throughout the business communities within Gander and the surrounding Kittiwake Coast…from spas to customized frame specialists, to cranberry producers, and everything in between.
In Gander everything is at your fingertips; since all facilities and accommodations are within minutes of each other. For those who might like to stretch their legs, we have a walking track in the Gander Community Centre; swimming at the Arts and Culture pool; fitness centre, yoga and Zumba classes. And of course there is shopping in the Gander Mall, Town Square, and along Roe Avenue where you will even find Walmart! Feeling a little “pickish”? We have great places to eat… from fabulous home cooked meals, to your favourite take-outs, to fine dining. Whatever your taste, you can find it in Gander.
We also boast some of the finest “must see” attractions. Just to name a few…
- the North Atlantic Aviation Museum which is home to one of the pieces of steel from the World Trade Towers of the tragic 9/11 attack
- the Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest
- artifacts displayed at the Gander International Airport
We hope you enjoy your stay at the conference and invite you to consider Gander and the Kittiwake Coast as either a tourism destination or a centralized location from which to start or grow your business. The Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce will assist you in having a most memorable and enjoyable experience while in its area – as the Chamber is “In Business for Business”!
Hazel Bishop is the President/CEO of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the largest Chamber in NL outside the St. John’s Board of Trade and boasts a membership of 320, owns its building and is home of the Gander Tourist Information Centre and Moor Crafts Gifts.