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Hopes for tech hub dashed

Guelph’s tech sector has given up on the idea of acquiring a building that would bring together growing and start-up tech firms, says a man who once championed the idea.
“We are no longer pursuing that idea,” said Greg Phillips, chief financial officer for Innosphere, a downtown software firm.
In the eyes of people who were promoting the idea three years ago, there was only one building in Guelph that fulfilled all of their requirements, he said in an interview Tuesday.
That was the Hammill property near the VIA station, which city council decided to remove from its heritage registry in April 2010 so that GO Transit could demolish it to make way for a “Kiss and Ride” facility, he said.
In Kitchener-Waterloo, a tech hub for established and start-up tech firms has been created in the former Lang Tannery building in downtown Kitchener. It has helped to spark vitality in K-W’s tech industry despite the woes of the largest tech company, Waterloo-based Research in Motion.

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