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Mayor launches community consultations on economic development

October 7, 2015 –

Today Mayor Bryan Paterson announced the launch of community consultation sessions on economic development to seek feedback and determine the needs and expectations of Kingstonians. The consultations lead by the mayor will take place prior to the formation of the KEDCO review committee and will serve to engage as many interested community members as possible.

"Kingstonians have expressed strong interest in the future of economic development in our community with feedback and ideas coming from all corners of the city," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "The aim of the consultations is to capture the ideas, suggestions, priorities of our residents so that together we can create a collaborative and constructive path forward."    

The consultations are an initial and complementary step to inform the formal review process endorsed by city council. Mayor Paterson will be reaching out to a diversity of community stakeholders and groups for the consultation sessions.

To assist with the design and facilitation of these consultations the mayor will be enlisting the support of an external economic development expert. Retaining the services of an expert will bring valuable knowledge of best practices and experiences of other communities in their strategies and approaches to economic development.

In addition to the mayor's consultation sessions the city's communications department will be creating an online forum. Similar to the consultation sessions the online forum will seek input from the public on the topic of economic development to clarify the community expectations leading into the work of the KEDCO review committee.

"It's important to start the engagement process as soon as possible," says Mayor Paterson. "With this public outreach I hope to get to work right away on the KEDCO review process. The ideas and feedback collected through the consultation sessions and online forum will feed into the formal review process, allowing the committee to hit the ground running in making the necessary changes toward an efficient and accountable economic development agency."

Nominations for the four citizen appointments to the KEDCO Review Committee open October 10. For more information and to access the committee application form please visit the city's website at www.cityofkingston.ca/committees

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Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, Assistant to the Mayor, 623-546-4291 ext. 1405

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