This issue of City Talk is focussing on vibrant neighbourhoods – one of the three strategic directions outlined in our city’s strategic plan Burlington – Our Future.
So how do you define a vibrant neighbourhood?
There are many opinions on this and certainly each neighbourhood has its own unique characteristics, both geographic and social, that must be preserved.
I believe vibrant healthy neighborhoods are the places where the everyday practice of life occurs. They are not just geographical locations that are essential to people’s lives. People connect these places to their identity and, thus, neighborhoods become personally meaningful.
The pier that was first imagined on our lakefront a decade ago will be opening this month. We will be able to stroll on it, see children reach out to touch its railings, hear music echo along its surface, and watch the sun set from it.
As marvelous as these experiences are to look forward to, I can’t blame Burlington residents for fearing they might never have had them to look back on. There have been delays due to redesign, a construction accident, and lawsuits, some of which are still being dealt with. But thanks to the focus and hard work of the City and its staff, our contractors and funding partners, we will celebrate the Burlington Pier’s opening this month. Continue reading →
We have much to be thankful for in Burlington. We were recently chosen as the number one mid-sized city in which to live in Canada and the number one overall in Ontario – by Money Sense magazine.
Speaking to Burlington Business community at James Burchill’s Spring Into Business Networking event. Photography courtesy of Derrick van der KOLK
In a recent Environics poll, 95% of those surveyed indicated they had a good or excellent quality of life and expressed a positive outlook on the future as it pertains to both their quality of life and personal financial situation.
We have a strong and vibrant local economy that is well positioned to grow. We have a diverse economic base with a mix of professional services and manufacturing in Burlington. We have above average family incomes, a relatively strong housing market, an educated workforce and easy access to Toronto, Canada’s largest city that is central to the country’s economy. Our physical location also gives us access to the US markets and global opportunities. We cannot take all of this for granted. We must remain competitive and innovative in our pursuit of future investment, new business and more jobs. The challenge going forward will be to maintain the positive progress and energy we have and build on this foundation and drive so that we ensure that Burlington continues to be a destination for both families and businesses. Continue reading →
Delivered January 24, 2013 at the Burlington Convention Centre
The speech will be broadcast on TVCogeco on: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 pm Monday, Jan. 28 at 1 pm Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 pm Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 1 pm
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen and thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to attend this year’s State of the City Address. This is my third address and it is something I look forward to every year.