Comment 13029

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 18, 2007 at 17:40:52

Yes but Anonymous,

why are we investing such a massive amount of money, at such a huge environmental cost, in industries such as these?

Doesn't Hamilton want to invest in the 21st century growth industries, like the service sector (financial services, consulting, legal), IT, R&D, tourism, so that it's citizens can have more job options? (and let's face it - better working conditions).

Many of these jobs have the added benefit of not requiring new road networks to be built! In fact for a lot of them all they want is affordable office space, competitive taxes, a qualified work force and a location that offers them a variety of good transport options and a good quality of life. Wouldn't we rather invest our tax dollars in some of that?!

We have to get out of this lunch bucket mentality in Hamilton. There's nothing 'wrong' with blue collar jobs but if Hamilton is going to prosper it's got to start chasing investment in some of the more profitable inductries which don't require cutting scars through the town. Otherwise it's going to continue getting left behind.

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