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Mayor Paterson marks first 100 days in office

March 13, 2015 -

It's been 100 days of action for Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson. Over the last three months, the Mayor has met with more than 125 community residents and groups, led consultation on a youth employment strategy and worked with council to pass the city's 2015 budget with a minimal tax increase.

"Being mayor of Kingston is a fantastic job," said Paterson. "As I hit the 100-day milestone, we have started tackling many of the things important to Kingston residents – generating economic development, passing our first budget, and coming together as a council to move our community forward in a balanced and effective way over the next four years."

At the start of his first 100 days the mayor laid out 10 ambitious priorities. The table below lists each priority along with accomplishments and Next Steps.

First 100 Days Priority

Meet with 100 community groups and leaders in 100 days across the community to strengthen the dialogue and explore opportunities for partnerships over the next four years.

Status

Met with more than 125 community groups and leaders to get feedback on the city's direction and thoughts on how the city can progress.

Next Steps

Continue to get feedback from residents and groups to establish the city's new strategic plan.

Establish a new Mayor Paterson website to engage residents on important issues and get feedback.

First 100 Days Priority

Meet with all new and returning councillors to listen and discuss their priorities for this term of council.

Status

Met with all new and returning councillors to discuss priorities for this term of council.

Next Steps

Collaborate with council to achieve community priorities with balance and vision.

Establish regular points of contact on important issues.

First 100 Days Priority

Work with staff and council to minimize the tax rate increase for the City's 2015 budget without compromising front-line services.

Status

Worked with staff and council to pass the City's 2015 budget with a minimal tax rate increase that reflects inflation but doesn't compromise front line services.

Next Steps

Focus on finding revenue and efficiencies that don't compromise City services/programs.

Continue to explore grants and funding opportunities for additional revenue.

First 100 Days Priority

Support KEDCO in the launch of its new strategic plan and economic vision for next four years including benchmarks, target sectors and key markets.

Status

Participated in the launch of the new 2015-2020 KEDCO Strategic Plan.

Met with key leaders in sectors KEDCO has targeted for growth (health care, defence, agri-business, sustainable emerging technologies) to develop strategies to attract new businesses and facilitate job creation.

Next Steps

Support KEDCO's efforts to achieve its targets of creating 5,000 jobs and $50 million in investment over next five years.

Champion strategic investments like the airport expansion project that will bring economic growth and jobs to the city.

First 100 Days Priority

Reach out to Kingston's provincial and federal representatives to explore funding options for future capital projects.

Status

Met with both the provincial and federal members on several key community issues.

Established regular meetings with Kingston MP and MPP on community priorities.

Next Steps

Continue to open the lines of communication with the other levels of government to access funding.

Continue to advocate for important policy changes with the province and the federal government.

First 100 Days Priority

Participate in the first meeting of newly-elected Ontario big city mayors to discuss regional issues and priorities for Ontario's large cities moving forward.

Status

Travelled to Vaughan, ON to participate in Large Urban Mayor's Caucus of Ontario's (LUMCO) first meeting to establish large city advocacy priorities for the next year.

Next Steps

Advance Kingston's priorities with LUMCO and explore advocacy opportunities with Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Eastern Ontario Mayor's Caucus (EOMC).

First 100 Days Priority

Champion the creation of a local economic summit to connect local business and economic development leaders with a goal to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

Status

Met individually with many business leaders, entrepreneurs and Innovation Park stakeholders to gather input and formulate strategies to foster more innovation and entrepreneurship.

Next Steps

Champion the creation of an innovation and entrepreneurship hub – a Kingston-based support network designed to launch new businesses and technologies.

First 100 Days Priority

Set the foundation for Kingston's next four-year strategic plan which will include community outreach and consultation with residents on priorities.

Status

Established strategic planning sessions for March 30, 31 and April 20.

Next Steps

Get feedback from residents on council's draft priorities.

Work with staff and council to achieve priorities over the next four years.

First 100 Days Priority

Champion a strategy for investment in the city's waterfront.

Status

Reached out to key federal government officials to discuss key properties such as the Marine Museum and Kingston Penitentiary.

Next Steps

Support and encourage public input in the development of the city's new Waterfront Master Plan.

Champion future strategic investments that will expand access and improve Kingston's waterfront.

First 100 Days Priority

Work toward the launch of a made-in-Kingston youth employment strategy.

Status

Held two focus group sessions with the United Way and Kingston youth to get their opinions on barriers to employment.

Next Steps

Work with staff to create a framework for broader consultation on barriers to youth employment.

Work with council to develop a made in Kingston youth employment strategy.

"Over the last three months council has shown we can have different opinions on community development but still work together effectively," said Paterson. "In the years ahead I look forward to using the ideas and recommendations brought forward by all members of our community and implementing them in a way that will bring real progress to our city."

To engage residents in the upcoming strategic planning process and on future issues, the mayor is also launching Mayorpaterson.com. With this new interactive platform, residents can see what the mayor is doing in the community, read his ideas on council business and have their say on city initiatives.

"People often ask me what's the best part about being mayor and hands-down it's the feedback I get from people on the services and programs we provide and about how we can improve our city," said Paterson. "This website is another tool residents can use to continue the conversation with me on council initiatives and get my take on all things Kingston."

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For more information contact:
Mayor Bryan Paterson
613-546-4291 extension 1405