Mayor Van Bynen provided a
brief account of the direct linkage of Council’s Strategic Priorities as
they relate to the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee’s mission
statement and work plan.
Mr. Gragtmans, Chair
provided an overview of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory
Committee’s accomplishments since its inception as well as the Committee’s
planned refresh beginning with today’s workshop. He advised that
anticipated outcomes for this term include: more jobs, a globally
connected Newmarket, Newmarket as the regional hub, identification of economic
drivers and making Newmarket an even better place to live and work.
Farmer provided a synopsis of the intended distinctions behind the words in
the recently created tagline:
accelerate the growth of our community environment where business and
Overview of Areas of Focus – Innovation, Collaboration,
Councillor Taylor provided an outline of the three areas of focus being
Innovation, Collaboration and Urbanization.
Pothier queried those present of their level of comfort with the statements
ensued with respect to a vision of prosperity within the community, the
potential to recruit young, talented individuals to live and work; the need
for affordable housing and the challenge associated with the current accommodations
discussion ensued involving creation of an environment that fosters and
retains individuals to the community as well as a sustainable formula for
of Council in attendance formed a consensus of comfort with the vision
statement, the areas of focus and the projected future actions.
workshop recessed at 6:26 p.m.
workshop reconvened at 6:40 p.m.
Pothier engaged those present with a strategy identification exercise using
index cards to note possible strategies in support of the areas of focus.
During the exercise, participants would pair-up with another group, share
their findings and arrive at a ‘Top 3’ list.
following broad strategies were identified as part of this exercise:
Broadband strategy for
specific corridors along Harry Walker Parkway/Davis Drive
Municipal energy plan/district
Eco-sphere such as the
CreateIT program for businesses along with health care
Establish Town/Region led
Inclusion of public art
Reward system for innovative
designs particularly along Davis Drive
Being approachable to new
Outdoor art performances/night
Incentives associated with
development of more affordable housing units
Partnering with more private
sector businesses for public benefit
Engagement opportunities for
Holistic view of economic
Incubator – company landing
zone for business to proceed and succeed