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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted November 05, 2010 at 16:06:06

While I agree with whoever above said the city should diversify their economy (essentially don't put all your eggs in one basket) I also agree that the city cannot become a centre of innovation for everything, you have to identify and nurture priority industries, and that will become your centre of innovation (and might, as a result, make up a significant part of your economy).

I think the balancing act is in monitoring the size of the centre for excellence, to ensure it doesn't get "too big".

Proposed areas where Hamilton can be a centre for excellence (and who I believe is currently working in that field in Hamilton):

Remote Surgeries (HHSC, Mac)
Next generation automotive technology (Mac Innovation Park)
Steel manufacturing (Stelco, Dofasco, Mac and Mohawk)
Nuclear Medicine (McMaster, and specifically their nuclear reactor, Mohawk, HHS)

While we're at it, why don't we talk about something creative? Art, music, something that dovetails well with all the galleries and support the arts are getting here. What about getting OCAD, or a similar educational institution to build a Hamilton campus? OCAD is desperately gobbling up all the space they can get in Toronto...

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