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 →
I recently sat down with Innovate Burlington, a business consultancy of recent college and university graduates, with the objective of creating career opportunities for new graduates, under the mentorship of seasoned business professionals in Burlington.
Watch this video to learn more about the first, successful year of Innovate Burlington with two consultants, Joanne and Jen and read more below.
“Fresh Eyes, Fresh Thinking”
Guest Blog Post, By Innovate Burlington
Today, Burlington is faced with an aging population and a diminishing workforce. Therefore, In 2011, Mayor Rick Goldring and other community partners realized the need to do something to reverse this trend and hold onto the city’s younger demographic. The response cam in the form of Innovate Burlington. Continue reading →
Please take a moment to view my brief discussion with Glen Miller of the Canadian Urban Institute on the value of a community investing in its downtown.
On March 28, members of City Council, City staff and other stakeholders, participated in a Workshop on the vision for Downtown Burlington led by the Canadian Urban Institute. The workshop was part of a continuing exercise by Council to evaluate the progress we have made towards the Downtown Vision as stated in the Core Commitment for Downtown Burlington that was supported by Council in 2005.
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.