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Mayor Paterson outlines Smart City vision and plan for first 100 days in office

December 3, 2014 -

Actions include passing the 2015 budget, championing a strategy for investment in the City's waterfront and working on a made-in-Kingston youth employment strategy.

On December 2, Mayor Bryan Paterson, seven new and five returning Councillors were sworn in as the newly elected 2014-2018 Council for the City of Kingston.

"I am honoured to represent our amazing city as Mayor over the next four years," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. I believe people elected me with a strong mandate for economic development and job creation in our community and in my initial conversations with our new Council I can see they share that vision as well."

As the Mayor of Kingston, Paterson is laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office that builds on his vision of Kingston as a smart city with initiatives that include:

  • Meeting with all new and returning Councillors to listen and discuss their priorities for this term of Council.
  • Working with staff and Council to minimize the tax rate increase for the City's 2015 budget without compromising front-line services.
  • Supporting KEDCO in the launch of its new strategic plan and economic vision for next four years including bench marks, target sectors and key markets.
  • Championing the creation of a local economic summit to connect local business and economic development leaders with a goal to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Setting the foundation for Kingston's next four-year strategic plan which will include community outreach and consultation with residents on priorities.
  • Championing a strategy for investment in the city's waterfront.
  • Working toward the launch of a made-in-Kingston youth employment strategy.
  • Meeting 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.
  • Reaching out to Kingston's provincial and federal representatives to explore funding options for future capital projects.
  • Participating in the first meeting of newly elected Ontario Big City Mayors to discuss regional issues and priorities for Ontario's large cities moving forward.

"Residents elected a diverse group of Councillors and it's my intention to foster a dialogue between our new Council based on mutual respect and collaboration," said Paterson. "I look forward to working with my Council colleagues, city staff and the broader community to move our city forward."

Mayor Paterson is the 96th Mayor of Kingston and takes office on December 2, 2014. Prior to being elected Mayor, Paterson was a City Councillor for Trillium district where he lives with his wife Shyla and their two sons. You can review the full text of the inauguration speech here.

Mayor Paterson can be reached at Mayor@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291 extension 1400 or @MayorPaterson on Twitter or Mayor Paterson on Facebook.

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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