An unnamed Washington State company is looking to test self-driving cars in Canada. Google, the most prominent developer of autonomous vehicles like the one above, is based in California. (Google image)

Abbotsford eyes Washington company looking for self-driving-car testing ground in Canada

Other businesses on city radar include brewery, virtual reality centre and major food processor

An American company is looking for a Canadian location to test their self-driving vehicles, and Abbotsford is interested.

The business possibility is one of several “lead enquiries” being pursued by the city’s economic development department (CAED), according to a new report.

Other businesses considering Abbotsford include a U.S. call centre seeking a location along the border, a “renowned hotel chain,” and a multinational food processor, according to CAED.

A new report for the city’s Business Innovation, Growth and Attraction committee says a variety of businesses are taking a look at Abbotsford, although finding locations for them can be difficult.

Among the highlights of the report are:

– Commonwealth Suppliers are buying space in the city;

– ACI Foods has appointed Brodie Gunning as CEO and is planning to be listed “probably on the TSX by year end”;

– “Chinese investors looking to build a new long-term care facility … have been connected with land available at Sumas First Nations,” and the report says negotiations have begun;

– doctors looking to build an urgent-care facility “continue to explore options” for sites close to Abbotsford Regional Hospital;

– a “renown” hotel chain has had discussions with Sumas First Nation;

– a U.S. call centre looking for a site near the border “has resurfaced” and is considering Abbotsford for a “350-seat facility”;

– an Australia-based food-processing company “has been looking at Abbotsford options”;

– an Alberta-based “virtual reality centre” has been looking at locations in the centre of Abbotsford;

– a brewing company is looking for a downtown location;

– a proposed craft beer restaurant tentatively named “The Bridge” has shortlisted two Abbotsford locations; and

Structure Craft’s new facility is tentatively scheduled for a grand opening in November.

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