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Media Release: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce “leading the charge” on increased affordability and transparency for Ontario’s Energy Challenges

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, Ontario, December 14, 2016: Today, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on the provincial government to take bold steps to address the affordability challenge of energy pricing Hamilton.

In its submission on the Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), the organization is calling on the provincial government to ensure that future policies regarding energy pricing are affordable, transparent and flexible.

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Chamber Advocacy Update: City of Hamilton to investigate an additional LRT B-Line stop at Bay Street

· by Huzaifa Saeed

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is currently advocating for an additional stop for the LRT B-Line project at Bay Street. We believe the stop would act as a catalyst for a dramatic increase in transit-oriented development around a prominent downtown node that is currently underperforming its potential. The issue was raised by several members during the public consultation process of the project’s environmental design review.

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Open for Business Bulletin (November 2016) : The City of Hamilton’s saves businesses over $360 by removing unnecessary Encroachment Agreements

· by Huzaifa Saeed

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has been actively advocating on behalf of its membership towards making Hamilton more open for business. Municipal red tape issues are a common concern in communities across the world, with the natural state of complicated local bylaws, application processes, and legal requirements clashing with the desire for businesses build, renovate and operate their enterprise in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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$16 Billion Ontario Tourism Gap Requires a Dedicated Government Strategy: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

· by Huzaifa Saeed

 

Hamilton, ON, November 17, 2016: Today, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released new data that reveals a significant tourism opportunity gap when compared to international growth rates. According to the organization’s report, Closing the Tourism Gap: Creating a Long-Term Advantage for Ontario, Ontario has foregone nearly $16 billion in visitor spending between 2006 and 2012 by not keeping up with global growth trends.

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Hamilton Chamber & Ontario Chamber of Commerce submission to the Ontario Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

· by Huzaifa Saeed

The  Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to provide a formal submission to government’s review of four land use plans affecting development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH): Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan (“the Plans”).

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News from Hamilton International Airport

· by Whitney Eames

vijaybathija2John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is pleased to welcome Vijay Bathija as the Airport’s new President and CEO.

Vijay joined Hamilton International in August and comes from Air Canada Leisure Group, which includes Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada rouge. Previously, as part of the launch management team for Air Canada rouge, he led the commercial aspects for the successful launch of the leisure carrier.

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Ambitious City: Showtime for Hamilton’s Music Strategy

· by Whitney Eames

Ambitious City is an annual chamber event that offers up fresh ideas on how to boost Hamilton’s reputation as a hotspot for talent, investment and business development.

It’s a public forum to challenge the status quo and move the needle on a progressive urban agenda for the 21st century.

Past Ambitious City events have unpacked themes ranging from growth planning and public transit to civic leadership and community engagement.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presents its 2017 Federal Budget recommendation report

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, ON, October 12th, 2016: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has submitted a pre-budget submission in response to a public consultation process announced by the Federal Government. The recommendations were also presented to local Liberal MPs, Filomena Tassi (MP Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas) and Bob Bratina (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) today during a pre-budget session with Hamilton’s pillar organizations.

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Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-food Sector

· by Huzaifa Saeed

The agri-food sector is a significant driver in the province, employing 1 in 9 Ontarians and representing $36.4 billion in GDP. In Fertile Ground: Growing the Competitiveness of Ontario’s Agri-food Sector, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce highlights the economic contributions of the sector, while recognizing that a variety factors are adversely affecting its competitiveness, and the capacity of industry to meet the Premier’s challenge to double its annual growth rate and create 120,000 jobs by 2020.

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