The Jobs Prosperity Collaborative has come out in support of the West Harbour location, sending this letter to Mayor Fred, Bob Young, and Premier McGuinty:
Open Letter to: Mayor Fred Eisenberger - Bob Young - Premier Dalton McGuinty
RE Pan Am Stadium Location - Hamilton
On August 10th, Hamilton City Council will decide on a location for the Pan Am Stadium. That decision will have far reaching consequences. The once-in-a-lifetime investments to be made in the Games by the citizens of Ontario and Hamilton hold the promise of a stronger, more prosperous and sustainable community for all.
Sustained prosperity for Hamilton requires a broad based strategy that recognizes the complex nature of the problems we face. This means that the proposed Pan Am investments must be made in accordance with a larger strategy for community development if we want to see a sustained benefit for our city.
The Jobs Prosperity Collaborative (“JPC”) is a community group of leaders who are passionately committed to promoting our prosperity through job creation and retention. The JPC is on record as supporting the west harbor site for the Pan Am Stadium. Our support was premised on our belief that investing in this site aligns well with a broader strategy for community development and prosperity.
The current process considering alternate sites raises some concerns for the JPC. While the debate has been vigorous and engaging, it has also been sadly divisive for what is such a wonderful opportunity. We also note the current process of mediation has excluded all but one stakeholder, albeit an important one. In this regard, the JPC does acknowledge the significant commitment made to our community by Mr. Bob Young and his family. We are thankful for everything Mr. Young has done for the City and the Ti-Cats.
Nonetheless, as the current process unfolds, the JPC will remain focused on what is best for this community as a whole. On August 10th, we intend to offer our best advice to Council on the location for the Pan Am Stadium taking into account the information anticipated in the forthcoming staff report.
While the stakes have been made high and the climate hurried, JPC’s advice will continue to rely on the 7 principles approved by Council in February of 2010. Those principles dictate that the stadium investment should be made so as to:
- Be a “City Building” initiative, with an overall goal of sustainable growth in prosperity;
- Align with the Council approved 2010 Corporate Priority Plan;
- Embrace a precinct planning and development approach;
- Have regard to and take advantage of the community development opportunity on the current site and broader precinct of Ivor Wynne Stadium;
- Leverage Provincial and Federal public investments and other public policy objectives for the City;
- Leverage private sector investments;
- Align with other key city building initiatives underway in the City.
On August 10th, let us all measure our approach against these seven principles. The JPC is passionate about a prosperous future for everyone in Hamilton. We encourage the inclusion of all Hamiltonians and look forward to moving ahead with the Pan Am Games.
On behalf of the JOBS PROSPERITY COLLABORATIVE
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