On October 22nd, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual address from the Hamilton City Manager Chris Murray in front of a sold-out venue at the Hamilton Waterfront Centre. Mr. Murray is the highest ranking government staff member in charge of implementing a variety of government services and planning initiatives of the city. His speech highlighted emerging economic trends and, more importantly, the tremendous progress the city has made statistically and from the perspective of many external publications.
The Chamber was pleased to hear statistics that point towards economic recovery for the city, as it claims one of the lowest unemployment rates and the highest economic diversity index for comparable municipalities in Canada. These figures are supplemented by a significant upsurge in commercial construction that has led to several major projects in the downtown core and an all-time low overall vacancy rate of 1.3%.
Mr. Murray also informed the crowd on some of the major challenges facing the city over the next ten years. The largest is a deferred maintenance cache for infrastructure that requires over $200 Million a year in investment to stabilize. This is in parallel with a community demand for lower tax increases and a suboptimal ratio of tax revenue (Only 23% of revenue to the city is the more lucrative commercial based, the rest being residential); as well as an aging population and associated health care costs.
An interesting conclusion of this speech was also recognition of community initiatives in the future of Hamilton with special mention to Young Professionals and Hamilton Hive for their initiatives and events.
The event concluded with a series of questions from the Chamber CEO and audience on topics like Complete Streets and Brownfield remediation.
The Chamber would like to thank Mr. Murray and his staff, as well as Hamilton Economic Development.
City Manager's Presentation 2013
Hamilton - The Ambitious City (Video)
Invest in Hamilton TV
Join other city builders at an informal community event devoted to the regeneration of downtown Hamilton and adjacent neighbourhoods.
Part inspiration and part education, the Renew Hamilton Learning Forum will take place in a festival tent set up beside the iconic Lister Building in the heart of Hamilton’s arts district.
It will feature a keynote address by Martinus Geleynse (left), principal at MGI Media and publisher of urbanicity magazine. He will reflect on recent fact finding trips to several peer cities — including Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Detroit — to cast a vision of Hamilton’s future as one of North America’s leading midsize urban centres.
This first-of-its-kind event in will appeal to our city’s growing urban renewal community, including thinkers, doers and observers of all ages and backgrounds.
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Friday October 18 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
$20/person, includes light refreshments. Wine bar and food trucks extra.
Pay at the Door ~ pass will enable you to come and go throughout the day
LIMITED SEATING: Contact Whitney Simmons at 905-522-1151 x 100 or
to register in advance.
Sponsored by Hamilton Chamber of Commerce | City of Hamilton | LIUNA | Hamilton/Burlington Society of Architects | Ontario Association of Architects
HIGH TIME FOR TRANSIT
An evening of fine dining, friendship and learning presented by Renew Hamilton, an initiative of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
September 26 | LIUNA STATION
Attend Conversations with Christopher Hume and Guests - a salon dinner series devoted to advancing inspired urban environments in Hamilton. This event is titled High Time for Transit. An expert panel and the audience will explore ways to boost the use of local and regional transit as a key enabler of quality of life, economic prosperity and urban renewal in 21st century Hamilton.
The conversation will focus on:
Understanding the need for better public transit in Hamilton
Quantifying the benefits of improved local and regional transit
Communicating Hamilton's transit vision, goals and plans
Doubling transit ridership throughout Hamilton
Improving the rider experience
Investing in best practices
Harmonizing local and regional transit systems
Funding rapid transit in Hamilton - including LRT
Christopher Hume is the award winning architecture and urban affairs columnist with The Toronto Star. His guests will be:
Dr. Alex Bitterman, Associate Professor of Architecture, Rochester Institute of Technology
Don Hull, Director of Transportation, City of Hamilton
Mary Proc, Vice President of Customer Service, GO Transit
Andrew Kuzyk, Founding Partner, Entro Communications
LIMITED SEATING $95/person or $175/couple (plus HST)
Register with Whitney Simmons |
| 905-522-1151 x 100
Learn more at renewhamilton.ca
Series Sponsors: LIUNA, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, City of Hamilton
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