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By rusty (registered) - website | Posted November 12, 2006 at 15:08:11

You are spot on steeltown. Jason sent this blog to me yesterday, and my response was this:

I never quite understood this 'goal' of Economic Development. Economic development is always the goal of a city - it's one of the main objectives. It's like saying 'safety' Of course we should keep our cities safe - this too is a constant objective.

What people don't seem to understand is that they are by-products of good city management. You can't just state 'Economic Development' and 'Safety' as goals - you have to say HOW YOU'RE GOING TO GET THEM.

And, sadly, it's the way Hamilton politicians currently go about achieving these goals that ensures we will never reach them.

Hamilton's business as usual politicians often accuse 'progressive' types like us of being anti-economic development. This is ridiculous. All of our objectives are geared towards making Hamilton a more prosperous town. The difference is that we measure prosperity and Quality of Life in more than just minimum wage jobs and revenues, we measure it in reduced poverty rates, cleaner air, safer streets and stronger communities.

It's not the goal that is the issue - but how we achieve it.

Ben

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