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Eastern Ontario Mayors to hold first meeting in 2015

April 9, 2015 -

Mayors to establish governance, advocacy priorities for Eastern Ontario cities

On Friday, April 10 mayors from the major separated Eastern Ontario municipalities (towns and cities) will convene at Kingston's City Hall for their first meeting since the 2014 Ontario municipal election.

"The Eastern Ontario mayors' committee (EOMC) is a group of passionate municipal representatives advocating and advancing issues of importance to eastern Ontario," said Town of Prescott Mayor Brett Todd, EOMC chair for 2013 and 2014. "We have been working hard to create a unified voice for the entire region alongside our rural partners with the Eastern Ontario wardens' caucus (EOWC), and these efforts will only continue to strengthen as we move forward."

During their first meeting, the mayors will elect a new chair for a two-year term, review their governance structure and discuss their advocacy priorities for eastern Ontario cities. Mayors will also get an update from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and discuss recent studies commissioned for eastern Ontario, including an economic development strategy completed with EOWC in 2014 and presented to the provincial government.

"As elected officials it's critical that we keep the interests of Eastern Ontario on the radar of the other levels of government," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "I look forward to working collaboratively with all Eastern Ontario mayors and wardens on issues that impact our communities and our region."

The EOMC is a group of 11 mayors representing cities in Eastern Ontario from Peterborough in the west to Cornwall in the east and Pembroke in the North. EOMC works to advance municipal priorities important to Eastern Ontario.

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For more information contact:
Brett Todd, Mayor of Prescott
613-925-2812 ext. 6212

or

Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston
613-546-4291 ext. 1405