January 30, 2013
Appeared in the Burlington Post, January 30, 2013 and is available online
Last week, I delivered my third State of the City Address.
I would like to thank the Burlington Chamber of Commerce for not only hosting this event, but for its ongoing effort in advocating for business and increased prosperity in Burlington.
We enjoyed a very successful 2012 and I encourage you to visit www.burlington.ca to view a new segment of our website dedicated to information about our city — the facts and figures and some interesting information about the community that we enjoy.
In an independent survey conducted by Environics this past fall, 95 per cent of the Burlington residents surveyed responded they have an excellent or good quality of life.
Our 2012 efforts and results will go a long way toward Burlington continuing to be a destination and home for families and businesses as we build for the future. Our challenge going forward will be to maintain this positive progress and energy, and build on this foundation and drive.
Burlington is in good shape.
Council is committed to keeping Burlington a thriving, prosperous, inclusive community through strong fiscal management, innovation and partnerships. We have a meaningful Strategic Plan in place with a focused council and staff that understands Burlington’s priorities. We will continue to look at how we engage the community as we work through the change that is taking place.
We will overcome challenges and continue to position ourselves as the community of choice for residents and business because of our strengths, amenities and quality of life. We will not take anything for granted.
What makes me optimistic for our future?
Burlington is not just a city. We are a community. A community of partnerships and generosity, of people who strengthen this city giving it its character and charm, who balance pride with humility, where neighbours work together and people from different walks of life selflessly and quietly helping others.
What excites me, what inspires me, is the enduring spirit of our community and people. So let’s join together because we are in this together and together we will continue to build a wonderful city.
You can watch a video and read the State of the City Address here