March 17, 2017

Economic Development Strategy Will Shine The Light On A Bright Future

Recently, Newmarket’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (NEDAC) took another look at our Economic Development Strategy which was originally created in 2010. In light of changing economic circumstances and emerging new trends and priorities, the strategy was updated to fully reflect the current conditions. This document will act as our roadmap to help drive innovation and ensure a solid foundation for …

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October 26, 2016

Economic Development, Rogers Hometown Hockey

Although Thanksgiving is now over, the annual holiday allows us to take some much-needed time out of our busy and complicated lives to stop and reflect. Here at the Town of Newmarket, there is no shortage of achievements to acknowledge and celebrate. At our meeting on October 3, our Council provided unanimous support for the Town’s second Economic Development Strategy. …

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June 17, 2016

FCM the National Voice for Local Government

Recently I attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference. FCM is the national voice for Canada’s local governments. FCM membership includes more than 2000 local governments representing 90 per cent of the Canadian population. FCM has a strong voice with the federal government and members, including the Town of Newmarket, collectively bring forward issues that impact municipalities at a …

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April 21, 2016

Accelerating the Growth of Our Community

Now that the warmer weather is finally looking like it is here to stay, spring is the perfect time to talk about growth, transformation and the bright promises of things to come. Just last week, at my annual address to the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, I took the opportunity to reflect on some of the Town of Newmarket’s most recent …

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March 14, 2016

Newmarket and The Internet of Things

At the end of February I visited the Prime Minister in Ottawa with a delegation from York Region Council, and just last week I was at Queen’s Park with the GTHA Mayors and Regional Chairs to speak with government officials on Newmarket’s priorities to position us for the future. Why is it important that we have a voice at all …

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October 24, 2015

2016 Budget: Let’s Talk Taxes

With Thanksgiving under our belts (quite literally), it’s time we turn our attention to another annual exercise – budgeting. We often take for granted the fact that we as Canadians enjoy one of the highest quality of life standards in the world. This does however come at a price – taxes. We pay taxes to the federal, provincial, regional and …

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April 30, 2015

2015 Budget Approved by Newmarket Council

The Town of Newmarket Council approved the 2015 operating and capital budgets. Usually Council passes the budget before the year commences, but with the election every four years the budget is passed in the same fiscal year. Town staff worked closely with Council to meet the established budget target 2.5 per cent, not including 1 per cent allocation for the …

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March 15, 2015

Transitioning to the New Economy

Throughout the time I have served as your Mayor, the Town of Newmarket has focused on securing a strong and competitive economic future. Using the annual York Region Employment Survey (YRES) data, the Town has confirmed with the Regional Municipality of York that Newmarket had a net increase of 570 jobs or 1.5% between 2009 and 2014. This increase is …

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