City officials planning ‘Hamilton Day’ at Queen’s Park

News Jun 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton will have its day at Queen’s Park.

City staff confirmed at the June 23 government relations sub-committee that organizing a ‘Hamilton Day’ at the provincial legislature remains a top priority for the city.

Mike Kirkopoulos, director of corporate communications, said staff is in the process of setting a date, creating a plan, and inviting local organizations to participate.

“It is on our radar,” said Kirkopoulos.

Politicians have encouraged over the years for the city to improve its lobbying efforts with provincial officials at Queen’s Park and federal representatives in Ottawa to get the city’s issues before various senior levels of government members.  One of the ways to highlight Hamilton’s needs is to host a ‘Hamilton Day’ where various representatives of the city and local agencies meet with ministers and provincial officials.

Other communities, such as Niagara Region, have conduct similar lobbying efforts.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said he wants the city’s event to include as many area organizations as possible, such as McMaster University, Redeemer University, the chambers of commerce, and other agencies.

“We want to make it as inclusive as possible,” said Eisenberger. “We want to get the best bang for the buck.”

Arend Kersten, executive director of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, said he participated in the last ‘Hamilton Day’ event at the provincial legislature, and found it productive.

The city already meets with provincial officials, says Kirkopoulos. He said City Manager Chris Murray, and various general managers talk with ministers and their staff, and at times those engagements have involved touring Hamilton locations.

“We have had a couple of tours involving provincial officials,” he said.

The city has a range of issues it’s concerned about including poverty initiatives, transit, and the future of U.S. Steel’s lands on the waterfront, long-term care; revenue tools for municipalities, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implications to municipalities.

Chair of the sub-committee and Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla reiterated that about 50 per cent of Hamilton’s budget involves costs associated with the provincial government that the municipality has no control over.

 

City officials planning ‘Hamilton Day’ at Queen’s Park

News Jun 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton will have its day at Queen’s Park.

City staff confirmed at the June 23 government relations sub-committee that organizing a ‘Hamilton Day’ at the provincial legislature remains a top priority for the city.

Mike Kirkopoulos, director of corporate communications, said staff is in the process of setting a date, creating a plan, and inviting local organizations to participate.

“It is on our radar,” said Kirkopoulos.

Politicians have encouraged over the years for the city to improve its lobbying efforts with provincial officials at Queen’s Park and federal representatives in Ottawa to get the city’s issues before various senior levels of government members.  One of the ways to highlight Hamilton’s needs is to host a ‘Hamilton Day’ where various representatives of the city and local agencies meet with ministers and provincial officials.

Other communities, such as Niagara Region, have conduct similar lobbying efforts.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said he wants the city’s event to include as many area organizations as possible, such as McMaster University, Redeemer University, the chambers of commerce, and other agencies.

“We want to make it as inclusive as possible,” said Eisenberger. “We want to get the best bang for the buck.”

Arend Kersten, executive director of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, said he participated in the last ‘Hamilton Day’ event at the provincial legislature, and found it productive.

The city already meets with provincial officials, says Kirkopoulos. He said City Manager Chris Murray, and various general managers talk with ministers and their staff, and at times those engagements have involved touring Hamilton locations.

“We have had a couple of tours involving provincial officials,” he said.

The city has a range of issues it’s concerned about including poverty initiatives, transit, and the future of U.S. Steel’s lands on the waterfront, long-term care; revenue tools for municipalities, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implications to municipalities.

Chair of the sub-committee and Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla reiterated that about 50 per cent of Hamilton’s budget involves costs associated with the provincial government that the municipality has no control over.

 

City officials planning ‘Hamilton Day’ at Queen’s Park

News Jun 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton will have its day at Queen’s Park.

City staff confirmed at the June 23 government relations sub-committee that organizing a ‘Hamilton Day’ at the provincial legislature remains a top priority for the city.

Mike Kirkopoulos, director of corporate communications, said staff is in the process of setting a date, creating a plan, and inviting local organizations to participate.

“It is on our radar,” said Kirkopoulos.

Politicians have encouraged over the years for the city to improve its lobbying efforts with provincial officials at Queen’s Park and federal representatives in Ottawa to get the city’s issues before various senior levels of government members.  One of the ways to highlight Hamilton’s needs is to host a ‘Hamilton Day’ where various representatives of the city and local agencies meet with ministers and provincial officials.

Other communities, such as Niagara Region, have conduct similar lobbying efforts.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said he wants the city’s event to include as many area organizations as possible, such as McMaster University, Redeemer University, the chambers of commerce, and other agencies.

“We want to make it as inclusive as possible,” said Eisenberger. “We want to get the best bang for the buck.”

Arend Kersten, executive director of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce, said he participated in the last ‘Hamilton Day’ event at the provincial legislature, and found it productive.

The city already meets with provincial officials, says Kirkopoulos. He said City Manager Chris Murray, and various general managers talk with ministers and their staff, and at times those engagements have involved touring Hamilton locations.

“We have had a couple of tours involving provincial officials,” he said.

The city has a range of issues it’s concerned about including poverty initiatives, transit, and the future of U.S. Steel’s lands on the waterfront, long-term care; revenue tools for municipalities, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implications to municipalities.

Chair of the sub-committee and Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla reiterated that about 50 per cent of Hamilton’s budget involves costs associated with the provincial government that the municipality has no control over.