We must focus on building a city where good jobs are available for every one.
We have built a lot of momentum over the past four years. We have worked with private sector, new entrepreneurs, Brock University and Niagara College and business organizations to create the environment that is expanding and diversifying our economy.
The City has its first ever Economic Development Strategic Plan with goals and objectives that will be achieved. It’s a bold economic plan that positions St. Catharines as a city that has become a 21st century community. The plan is focused on building on our economic strengths and diversifying our economy to ensure we have jobs and opportunities for every one.
We had a record number of building permits issued by the City in 2017. We have created a Project Expeditor position to facilitate development across the city. This position has made it more efficient and effective to build major projects in St. Catharines. The city is growing.
The National Bank of Canada ranked our regional economy as the second strongest in the country.
We have worked to reduce property tax increases to the rate of inflation at the same time as providing an infrastructure levy to ensure that we have the funds to replace our aging infrastructure.
Walter has worked with CEOs, directors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and builders to create a city that is open for business.
Moving forward, Walter will continue to focus on working with business, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Industrial Association, Niagara Workforce Planning Board, Brock University and Niagara College to further the growth of economy in ways that benefits every one.