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Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century
The cities of Kitchener, London and Windsor are mid-sized cities but the in-progress renaissance of this once industrial heartland is anything but middle-of-the-road. Now, well into the 21 century, these cities are entering an era of a new kind of planning, and a new kind of prosperity, attracting what Richard Florida would describes as the “creative class”, a young and well-educated workforce looking for in-demand jobs and also an urban lifestyle that is both attractive and affordable. In this session, participants will learn from practical examples about how a range of public investment and policy interventions can be used to align re-investment aspirations and outcomes, learn from the experience of others in implementing Planning Act re-investment tools such as Community Improvement Plans across a variety of community contexts, and learn how to spark ideas for new partnerships that can be leveraged to achieve planning objectives including downtown reinvestment, place-making and economic development.