The City Staff report was clear; Hamilton needs more shovel ready land to attract more jobs, and delaying could jeopardize Hamilton’s economic future.
Hamilton has been named as one of Canada’s more diverse economies and consistently named as one of the best cities in which to invest, but it won’t last long if we don’t have land ready for potential new investors.
Currently, Hamilton has about 268 hectares of serviced land available for business but the City’s Director of Industrial Parks says we need to double that amount, more like 500 hectares.
Not only that, but we should be adding to that number each year.
Of course, there are skeptics and non believers who dismiss the report.
They are the same people who opposed the Red Hill Parkway but the reality is that the economic and commercial spin off from building the road has exceeded all expectations.
New industries create jobs and those businesses will ease the property tax burden on Hamilton’s residential taxpayers.
Hamilton’s economic renaissance has been due to a large part to the development of our industrial parks and the jobs that have come to our city.
To abandon that successful strategy would be short sighted and foolish.
Hamilton is the Ambitious City once again.
Let’s keep it that way.