Opening Soon: Burlington’s Innovation Centre

Economic development is critically important for Burlington.

In 2016, Canadian Business and PROFIT listed Burlington in the top 10 on its annual list of Canada’s Best Places for Business.

It cited the fact we have a low unemployment rate, strong connectivity to major markets and a well-educated population as driving economic factors.

This independent recognition reminds us that we already have a thriving economy. The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is leveraging these assets every day.

To foster economic development, it is important to adapt to a changing market.

In a 2016 report, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce identified a critical gap in Canada’s business growth strategy. Here in Canada we are starting many businesses, but they are not growing into large organizations.

We also know from Industry Canada that more than 40 per cent of new jobs in Canada come from companies less than five years old.

Aligned with the City of Burlington’s strategic vision of A City That Grows, the BEDC developed an innovation and entrepreneurship strategy in 2016. It is focused on strengthening local support for entrepreneurs across the region. Continue reading

Statement from Mayor Goldring on provincial transit funding

Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring regarding today’s provincial announcement of additional funding for local transit:

“I am pleased with today’s announcement about an increase in gas tax funding for transit. This is something Ontario municipalities have been calling for and we welcome the investment. The timing of the increase is good for Burlington as we are currently working with the community on a new transit strategy and making key decisions where to focus our resources. It is important for Burlington to have sustainable funding from the province that will help support a better transit system in our city.”

Statement from Mayor Goldring

Statement from Mayor Rick Goldring regarding graffiti in Tansley Woods Park:

“This hateful messaging has no place in Burlington. It is offensive and unacceptable. This graffiti does not represent the inclusivity our community works so hard to foster. City staff will co-operate with the Halton Regional Police Service in any way needed during its investigation. I ask anyone who has information about this incident to please contact Halton police.”

 

Fostering Community in a Growing City

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Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring at Canada Day celebrations in Spencer Smith Park.

A lot of the planning that takes place at Burlington City Hall is driven by great city building.

It is important to note an important part of city building is community building.

One of the things people are most proud of about Burlington is its strong sense of community.

Neighbours look out for one another. Parents help other children walk safely to school. Volunteers spend their time making life better for others.

As Burlington continues to grow, this sense of community remains a priority. Burlington has a small-town feel and we want to maintain that, especially as we grow in a responsible and planned way. Continue reading

Transit expert and noted urban planner giving free talk in Burlington

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Media release from the Office of the Mayor

Burlington, Ont., Oct. 17, 2016 – Mayor Rick Goldring’s Inspire Burlington Series and the City of Burlington present New Directions in Transportation with Brent Toderian and Jarrett Walker on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St.

A key direction of Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040 is A City That Moves. This is where a variety of convenient, affordable and green transportation choices are available for moving people and goods within the city.

“During the Strategic Plan process, we heard from citizens they want to have choices, whether by car, public transit, bicycle or by foot, to get to and from their destinations,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “Smart transportation planning is critical as Burlington and the Greater Toronto Area grows.”

Back by popular demand, noted urban planner Brent Toderian returns to the Inspire

Brent ToderianBurlington series with a new presentation focused on transportation and smart city building. Brent, who calls Vancouver, B.C. home, is a city planner and urbanist with

TODERIAN UrbanWORKS, and is Vancouver’s former chief city planner. His clients are cities of all sizes around the world.

“A city growing up is an engaged city, a city where people frequently choose to walk, cycle and ride public transit,” said Toderian. “People only make these healthier, more sustainable and more cost-effective choices when they are delightful; and they can only be delightful when they are prioritized.”

Jarrett Walker hails from Portland, Oregon, U.S. and is the author of the book Human Transit. For the past 25 years, Jarrett has been involved with the design and redesign of transit networks in cities across North America, as well as in Australia and New Jarrett WalkerZealand.

“Buses can be as liberating and efficient as your city wants them to be,” said Walker. “These days, most great transit improvements arise from partnerships, where transit agencies, city governments, unions, and key constituent groups are cooperating to put all the pieces in place.”

The free community event will feature presentations by Toderian and Walker, as well as an engaging question and answer session with both speakers hosted by Mayor Goldring. The evening also includes interactive displays focused on transportation starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Reserve a seat online at burlington.ca/mayor or call the Office of the Mayor at 905-335-7607. Continue reading