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Mississauga Invites Community to Help Shape Economic Development

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 economic development.

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 years.
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."

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Media Contact:
Laurel Schut
Manager, Corporate Communications (A)
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5832
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   laurel.schut@mississauga.ca


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