Next Steps for NEDAC:
Where To From Here?
Chair requested input with respect to the slide entitled ‘A Strategy Driven
by Knowledge and Convergence’. He queried those present regarding the
terminology associated with the 2010 Economic Development Action Plan and
Chief Administrative Officer suggested a visionary exercise could be
conducted to seek out what competitive gains, specific goals and definition
of activities could be accomplished. He advised that the previous exercise
predated the adoption of the Town’s secondary plan.
ensued regarding the key focus areas within the scope of economic
development being advanced manufacturing, arts and culture, health sector,
and regional centre, all founded on knowledge-based industries. Further
discussion ensued regarding economic attraction and retention of
businesses, cultural differences, multi-culturalism and building
ensued regarding objectives and a target of the Town of Newmarket being in
the top standings of the best place to live and work. Further discussion
ensued regarding ‘brand building’ and encouragement of quality of life
incorporating all aspects of the existing vision of being ‘Well Beyond the
Chair proposed a strategy session ‘refresh’. The Economic Development
Officer advised that Council’s 2014-2018 Economic Strategic Priorities should
always be at the forefront of any NEDAC deliberations.
Councillor Taylor advocated for a ‘refresh’ strategy session preferably in
the not too distant future together with Council Members in conjunction
with a renewed concept model.