FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hamilton, Ontario, July 13, 2010 - The "Our City, Our Future" campaign calls on Hamilton City Council, the Province of Ontario, the Pan Am Games HostCo and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to commit to a downtown Pan Am Stadium that helps build a city with a lively waterfront connected to local and regional transit.
Surprised and dismayed by the last-minute shift to an East Mountain location that meets none of the city's objectives, a diverse group of Hamiltonians has launched Our City, Our Future to send a clear message to decision makers: the Future Fund money must be spent on a legacy project that will grow Hamilton's economic base, enhance Hamilton's social fabric and enhance community life.
On August 10, 2010, Hamilton City Council will vote on the location of the Pan Am Games Stadium. The choice will send a message about Hamilton around North America. A West Harbour stadium helps build a city with a revitalized waterfront connected to local and regional transit. It will significantly and immediately increase quality of life in Hamilton, helping to attract and retain the best and brightest talent who seek progressive dynamic cities in which to live.
As citizens, we are putting up $60 million of our municipal Future Fund dollars toward this stadium. It's Our City, Our Future - and Our Money on the line - and we have the final say on where the stadium should be located.
We value the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and recognize that they have legitimate concerns about the team's economic viability in a new stadium. We are willing to work hard to help develop an innovative revenue model on new terms that allow for the financial success of the football club at the West Harbour location.
A motion asking City Council to reaffirm the West Harbour as its choice for the Pan Am Games Stadium will be introduced at the August 10 meeting of Committee of the Whole. We urge all who support a dynamic, progressive vision for Hamilton to go to OurCityOurFuture.ca and add their voice to the supporters for the motion, which will be sent to all decision makers involved.
This campaign is sponsored by Raise the Hammer and has been organized entirely by volunteers who want to see a successful, progressive outcome to Hamilton's Pan Am bid.
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