Lead, follow or get out of the way !
It’s a phrase and a mantra attributed to American Revolutionary Thomas Paine who first coined the phrase as a call to action in the American Revolution.
But , lead , follow or get out of the way could also be the rallying cry for Hamilton’s future prosperity.
City Manager Chris Murray has outlined what economists and urban planners have been telling us for years, namely that Hamilton is in the beginning stages of a rapid and profound growth in population and potential economic prosperity.
The key word here is ‘ potential’.
If Hamilton isn’t prepared for the population shift and the economic migration from the GTA, those opportunities will blow past our City like a cold, winter wind and we could end up with nothing.
Those people and those business opportunities will be looking for a City that has attractive neighbourhoods and public transit, shovel ready land and efficient road and air transportation systems for people and for business.
That’s why next year’s municipal elections are so important.
The way we manage growth and attract business will determine if we are leader in this economic opportunity or if we’ll be passed over again.
We need City Councilors who will lead, follow or get out of the way, or else Hamilton will fail and we’ll only have ourselves to blame.