City spends on ad to thank Balsillie

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton became Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s biggest supporter, and the municipality proved it last weekend.

The city helped to pay for a full-page advertisement on page A12 in the Hamilton Spectator’s Oct. 3 edition thanking Mr. Balsillie and calling him “Hamilton’s MVP.”

The advertisement, which had the city of Hamilton logo on it, stated it wanted to, “Thank Jim Balsillie for his quest for a seventh Canadian NHL team, his commitment to our city and his passion to show the world that Hamilton is one of the best hockey cities around.”

Sofia Mavumba, communications officer for the mayor’s office, said the city was approached by a group called Friends of Jim Balsillie, who wanted to do something to thank Mr. Balsillie for his efforts to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to Copps Coliseum.

The mayor’s office and the city’s economic development department paid $2,500 for the ad. The mayor’s office spent less than half of the cost, said Ms. Mavumba. The Hamilton Spectator, identified as a “friend of Mr. Balsillie,” also donated a portion of the cost to run the advertisement. The same group of supporters, including a number of corporate sponsors, the Spectator, the city and local businessman Chris Ecklund, helped to pay the cost of the rally Hamilton held in June.

Ms. Mavumba said the ad was a small price to pay when Mr. Balsillie spent “millions over several months” to buy the NHL team. In the process, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and the rest of councillors said Hamilton became an object of positive attention across North American and even the world that should be considered a place for investment.

City spends on ad to thank Balsillie

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton became Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s biggest supporter, and the municipality proved it last weekend.

The city helped to pay for a full-page advertisement on page A12 in the Hamilton Spectator’s Oct. 3 edition thanking Mr. Balsillie and calling him “Hamilton’s MVP.”

The advertisement, which had the city of Hamilton logo on it, stated it wanted to, “Thank Jim Balsillie for his quest for a seventh Canadian NHL team, his commitment to our city and his passion to show the world that Hamilton is one of the best hockey cities around.”

Sofia Mavumba, communications officer for the mayor’s office, said the city was approached by a group called Friends of Jim Balsillie, who wanted to do something to thank Mr. Balsillie for his efforts to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to Copps Coliseum.

The mayor’s office and the city’s economic development department paid $2,500 for the ad. The mayor’s office spent less than half of the cost, said Ms. Mavumba. The Hamilton Spectator, identified as a “friend of Mr. Balsillie,” also donated a portion of the cost to run the advertisement. The same group of supporters, including a number of corporate sponsors, the Spectator, the city and local businessman Chris Ecklund, helped to pay the cost of the rally Hamilton held in June.

Ms. Mavumba said the ad was a small price to pay when Mr. Balsillie spent “millions over several months” to buy the NHL team. In the process, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and the rest of councillors said Hamilton became an object of positive attention across North American and even the world that should be considered a place for investment.

City spends on ad to thank Balsillie

News Oct 09, 2009 Ancaster News

Hamilton became Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s biggest supporter, and the municipality proved it last weekend.

The city helped to pay for a full-page advertisement on page A12 in the Hamilton Spectator’s Oct. 3 edition thanking Mr. Balsillie and calling him “Hamilton’s MVP.”

The advertisement, which had the city of Hamilton logo on it, stated it wanted to, “Thank Jim Balsillie for his quest for a seventh Canadian NHL team, his commitment to our city and his passion to show the world that Hamilton is one of the best hockey cities around.”

Sofia Mavumba, communications officer for the mayor’s office, said the city was approached by a group called Friends of Jim Balsillie, who wanted to do something to thank Mr. Balsillie for his efforts to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to Copps Coliseum.

The mayor’s office and the city’s economic development department paid $2,500 for the ad. The mayor’s office spent less than half of the cost, said Ms. Mavumba. The Hamilton Spectator, identified as a “friend of Mr. Balsillie,” also donated a portion of the cost to run the advertisement. The same group of supporters, including a number of corporate sponsors, the Spectator, the city and local businessman Chris Ecklund, helped to pay the cost of the rally Hamilton held in June.

Ms. Mavumba said the ad was a small price to pay when Mr. Balsillie spent “millions over several months” to buy the NHL team. In the process, Mayor Fred Eisenberger and the rest of councillors said Hamilton became an object of positive attention across North American and even the world that should be considered a place for investment.