In municipal government, we are faced with a number of challenges. One of our most significant challenges here in Newmarket is – how do we continue to provide the high level of services that have led to us being recognized as one of Canada’s best places to live, while also continuing to be fiscally responsible and do our best to maintain affordable taxes?

In order to keep this balance and keep Newmarket on the map – we know that we can’t do this alone. I am very proud of a number of recent innovative projects that demonstrate the power of partnerships. A few highlights include the Global Pet Foods Dog Park presented by Snap’d (Dog Park), the HollisWealth Story Pod (Story Pod) and the CreateITNow innovation Centre at Southlake.

The recently opened Dog Park and Story Pod are two prime examples of very important gathering places in our community. It’s these types of initiatives that truly contribute to our always increasing quality of life. Both of these important spaces started with an idea that grew via community support and were made possible through private sector partnerships. We can look to these partnerships to see what is possible when we work together to make Newmarket even better. What these two unique spaces have in common is that they both bring our community together – continuing to make this a livable and lovable place to call home, both for us…and our pets.

Another integral partnership for Newmarket is our collaboration with Southlake Regional Health Centre (Southlake). As the Town’s largest employer, Southlake has and will continue to be a strategic partner, which will help Newmarket build and create homegrown jobs and career opportunities. Recently the Town partnered with Southlake, ventureLAB, Seneca College, York Region and York University on CreateIT Now at Southlake (CreateIT Now) – a healthcare focused innovation centre. CreateIT Now brings private-sector organizations together with academic institutions and Southlake’s resources to drive new technologies.

The health sciences sector is a key area of focus for economic development in Newmarket. This provides the perfect venue for healthcare-focused innovators to get into North American markets. The next major medical invention or breakthrough could happen right here in our own backyard.

These are just three snapshots of our successful partnerships. There are countless more examples where we are working with our neighbours, our community and private sector partners to realize goals that we would not have been able to achieve on our own. Our commitment to this community is that we will always continue to seek out partners that will move us forward and help recognize our vision of the Newmarket of tomorrow.