Thoughts from the Economic Health Pillar Champion
Kingston is a city that is a vital, dynamic and sustainable economic centre where research, innovation, investment, and business enterprises thrive together and where a variety of people want to visit, live, work, and do business.
Developing an economy depends on building many relationships and partnerships with businesses, industry leaders, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and the community at large. Our economy relies upon, and is built upon, a strong cultural, social, and environmental foundation.
We must continue to enhance quality of place and quality of life, to continue to attract and retain talented people and quality businesses. Our social values - as expressed by our educational opportunities, crime rate, levels of poverty, access to housing, doctors and daycare - should strive to make Kingston the most desirable location to live and work. Our environmental principles, along with associated activities, should set a world standard and make Kingston a place where people and businesses want to locate.
The Economic Pillar is focused on the attraction of new businesses and people to Kingston. This is critical to the city’s growth and sustainability and assists us in building a strong and vibrant local community. The retention of talented people in the public, private, and non‐profit sectors in Kingston are fundamental to achieving this. Existing businesses and the jobs they create, are critical components of a strong, sustainable economy.
Together we can achieve and be the difference that makes the difference.
The Themes in the Economic Pillar (Economic Health) are:
The Economic Pillar Champion, advising on behalf of the Economic Health Pillar, is John‐Paul Shearer. Throughout the development of Sustainable Kingston, John‐Paul has provided updates to the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).