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Overcoming “the false dichotomies that divide us”

March 12, 2014

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Urban planner, architect, city builder and author Ken Greenberg argues it’s possible for cities to grow greener while getting denser, and become more prosperous while getting less polarized. He proposes that if we could see the big picture – if we could see how things are connected – we could overcome many of the false […]

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Germany trip yields opportunities for Guelph

March 3, 2014

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Last week’s trip to Germany with Guelph Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Longfield was a tremendous success. Lloyd contributed a column to the Guelph Mercury that talks about the trip, and about our promotion of Guelph as a gateway to the North American market for energy-sector businesses. This builds on earlier media coverage from Germany. Germany is […]

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Media coverage from Germany: Transatlantic Dialogue putting Guelph on the the solar map

February 19, 2014

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Click here to read an article from PV magazine about Guelph’s progress in renewable energy, particularly solar.  I am in Germany this week with Lloyd Longfield, President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, on an energy-related economic development mission. An editor from PV magazine interviewed me at an event hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Berlin […]

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Two-way GO service gaining momentum

February 6, 2014

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Here is a handy summary of the business case for full day, two-way GO train service from Toronto to Guelph and Waterloo Region. The business case is gaining momentum; read all about it here. These maps show the remarkable similaries in distance and size between the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor and the Silicon Valley. The key difference between […]

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You’re invited! State of the City presentation January 23rd

January 17, 2014

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I’ll be presenting my annual State of the City, and taking questions, at a free, open event on Thursday, January 23rd, 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at Guelph City Hall. This event is hosted by the Guelph Civic League. Each year I present a State of the City address at a Guelph Chamber of Commerce-hosted event in […]

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development

December 13, 2013

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development. Guelph is proud to announce the opening of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. The park offers over 400 acres of developable area to attract and retain jobs. Within the heart of the Park is a 255 acre environmental reserve with recreational trails for employees and citizens to […]

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Great cities strategically focus on their best opportunities

December 11, 2013

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Great cities strategically focus on their best opportunities for building a strong local economy. Downtown renewal has emerged as a strong pillar in Guelph’s economic development strategy. A program designed to create a positive environment for investment has attracted an unprecedented >$85 million in private sector investment – with more on the way. By more […]

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Great cities connect people with jobs and jobs with people

December 6, 2013

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Great cities connect people with jobs and jobs with people. Skills matching and regional transportation were top of mind at the 2013 Regional Economic Summit. Gueph is working with regional partners to meet current and emerging business needs for talent. Global opportunities will go to the most efficient markets that react quickly to changing demands. […]

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Great cities attract and retain talent

December 4, 2013

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Great cities attract and retain talent. Smart businesses hire people with diverse backgrounds and skills, and leverage that diversity to grow their business. Immigration is crucial for ensuring the continued growth and prosperity of our community and to respond to the reality of our aging and shrinking workforce. Guelph is home to the Guelph Wellington […]

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Why Guelph, Waterloo and Kitchener are hooking up

December 1, 2013

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There is a good article in the Huffington Post about the innovation corridor between Toronto, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo that I referenced in my State of the City Address.  We are collaborating with Kitchener and Waterloo on the development of a business case for two-way, regular GO Train service. While the article is about the […]

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