Feb 18, 2010
The City of Mississauga is undertaking a new economic development strategy and is inviting
residents, community members and business leaders to share their insights and ideas to help
shape the City's business future.
"We want to hear from community stakeholders and local businesses. We need people to share
their thoughts and perspectives and help shape the economic development of our City,"
explained Larry Petovello, director of Economic Development at the City of Mississauga.
"We have created an easy-to-use, online survey to collect feedback from as wide an
audience as possible."
According to Petovello, the new economic development strategy will build off of existing
strengths, as well as identify new and emerging opportunities on which to base the future
prosperity of our community. The strategy will also identify key challenges, gaps and barriers,
assess the local asset base and propose specific infrastructure requirements for successful
Residents are encouraged to provide input and share their thoughts and ideas by visiting www.mississauga.ca/economicdevelopmentstrategy and completing the survey.
Petovello further explained the insights gained from the public, businesses and institutions
are critical in assisting the City developing a foundation for economic growth over the coming
A draft of the economic development strategy is to be presented to City Council in June 2010
and will be available for public review and input later this summer.
To assist in the development of the strategy, the City retained Millier Dickinson Blais Inc.,
an economic development consulting firm with considerable experience with communities and
regions across Canada.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing
its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation,
operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading
Today for Tomorrow."
Manager, Corporate Communications (A)
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5832