Hamilton reaches out for opportunities with Burlington, Niagara

News May 08, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Holding an economic summit with Hamilton’s neighbour, Burlington, may be a good idea, but Mayor Fred Eisenberger says the city should also be partnering with the Niagara Region on economic opportunities.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the Bay Area Economic Summit June 2 at the Royal Botanical Gardens with its counterpart in Burlington, the first time both organizations have partnered on such an event.

Keanin Loomis, president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce says it makes sense to hook up with Burlington since both municipalities have so many related issues, including economic development, the environment, transportation, and infrastructure.

“(Hamilton and Burlington) have a lot in common,” said Loomis. “Burlington is still being tugged towards Halton verses the greater opportunity with Hamilton.”

The summit, which starts at 8 a.m., costs $350.

But Eisenberger, who recently spent some time meeting with Niagara Region leaders, said it may be the opportune time to establish stronger ties with the municipality. He suggested council create a liaison committee with Niagara members similar to a committee Hamilton and Burlington established a few years ago to talk about common interests a few years ago at the insistence of Flamborough councilor Judi Partridge. Since being elected, Partridge made it a point to meet with Burlington councilors, including Rick Craven, to talk about common issues.

“It’s a great idea for a summit with Burlington,” said Eisenberger. “But we should be making inroads with Niagara. It would be wise on our part, in particular for economic development opportunities.”

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin stated in an email that Niagara and Hamilton already work together on a variety of issues including GO Rail expansion, and advocating for a Niagara-GTA corridor.

He said both municipalities are also partnering on an investment/outreach program for the upcoming Pan Am Games, since both are hosting sporting activities during the July event, and Niagara and Hamilton are co-sponsors of a “major provincial investment conference” that is attempting to attract American investors.

“Hamilton will continue to be a valuable partner as we move forward together in these important initiatives,” stated Caslin.

Hamilton reaches out for opportunities with Burlington, Niagara

News May 08, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Holding an economic summit with Hamilton’s neighbour, Burlington, may be a good idea, but Mayor Fred Eisenberger says the city should also be partnering with the Niagara Region on economic opportunities.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the Bay Area Economic Summit June 2 at the Royal Botanical Gardens with its counterpart in Burlington, the first time both organizations have partnered on such an event.

Keanin Loomis, president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce says it makes sense to hook up with Burlington since both municipalities have so many related issues, including economic development, the environment, transportation, and infrastructure.

“(Hamilton and Burlington) have a lot in common,” said Loomis. “Burlington is still being tugged towards Halton verses the greater opportunity with Hamilton.”

The summit, which starts at 8 a.m., costs $350.

But Eisenberger, who recently spent some time meeting with Niagara Region leaders, said it may be the opportune time to establish stronger ties with the municipality. He suggested council create a liaison committee with Niagara members similar to a committee Hamilton and Burlington established a few years ago to talk about common interests a few years ago at the insistence of Flamborough councilor Judi Partridge. Since being elected, Partridge made it a point to meet with Burlington councilors, including Rick Craven, to talk about common issues.

“It’s a great idea for a summit with Burlington,” said Eisenberger. “But we should be making inroads with Niagara. It would be wise on our part, in particular for economic development opportunities.”

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin stated in an email that Niagara and Hamilton already work together on a variety of issues including GO Rail expansion, and advocating for a Niagara-GTA corridor.

He said both municipalities are also partnering on an investment/outreach program for the upcoming Pan Am Games, since both are hosting sporting activities during the July event, and Niagara and Hamilton are co-sponsors of a “major provincial investment conference” that is attempting to attract American investors.

“Hamilton will continue to be a valuable partner as we move forward together in these important initiatives,” stated Caslin.

Hamilton reaches out for opportunities with Burlington, Niagara

News May 08, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Holding an economic summit with Hamilton’s neighbour, Burlington, may be a good idea, but Mayor Fred Eisenberger says the city should also be partnering with the Niagara Region on economic opportunities.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting the Bay Area Economic Summit June 2 at the Royal Botanical Gardens with its counterpart in Burlington, the first time both organizations have partnered on such an event.

Keanin Loomis, president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce says it makes sense to hook up with Burlington since both municipalities have so many related issues, including economic development, the environment, transportation, and infrastructure.

“(Hamilton and Burlington) have a lot in common,” said Loomis. “Burlington is still being tugged towards Halton verses the greater opportunity with Hamilton.”

The summit, which starts at 8 a.m., costs $350.

But Eisenberger, who recently spent some time meeting with Niagara Region leaders, said it may be the opportune time to establish stronger ties with the municipality. He suggested council create a liaison committee with Niagara members similar to a committee Hamilton and Burlington established a few years ago to talk about common interests a few years ago at the insistence of Flamborough councilor Judi Partridge. Since being elected, Partridge made it a point to meet with Burlington councilors, including Rick Craven, to talk about common issues.

“It’s a great idea for a summit with Burlington,” said Eisenberger. “But we should be making inroads with Niagara. It would be wise on our part, in particular for economic development opportunities.”

Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin stated in an email that Niagara and Hamilton already work together on a variety of issues including GO Rail expansion, and advocating for a Niagara-GTA corridor.

He said both municipalities are also partnering on an investment/outreach program for the upcoming Pan Am Games, since both are hosting sporting activities during the July event, and Niagara and Hamilton are co-sponsors of a “major provincial investment conference” that is attempting to attract American investors.

“Hamilton will continue to be a valuable partner as we move forward together in these important initiatives,” stated Caslin.