The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is calling on Kingston City Council to reconsider its previous decision not to explore the Memorial Centre site as a possible location for the new high school set to replace KCVI and QECVI.
By way of background, the Limestone District School Board approached the City of Kingston to explore city-owned sites that could potentially accommodate a secondary school. The school board expressed interest in exploring both the Cooks Brothers site and the Memorial Centre site as options. In February, City Council voted not to consider the Memorial Centre site as a possible location for the new high school. Following council’s decision, the School Board chose to locate the new school on the existing QECVI site.
Decisions about where to locate schools are important for the community as a whole, and although the decision of where to locate the new high school is made by the school board and not council, all elected officials benefit from knowing the pulse of the community.
Promoting innovation and fostering entrepreneurship is one of the key elements of council’s vision to make Kingston a smart and livable 21st century city. Today I’m excited to introduce one of the ways we are going to achieve this goal: by transforming the old Portsmouth Town Hall into a new small business acceleration centre.
The Portsmouth Town Hall building across from the Olympic Harbour is currently vacant and with a relatively small investment we are going to see the transformation of an unused building into rent-free space for local technology startup companies. The city is partnering with a group of local entrepreneurs called ‘Innovate Kingston’ who will oversee the space and support the various startup companies.
Imagine the potential for our local economy as we create an innovation pipeline: new entrepreneurs coming out of Queen’s, St. Lawrence and RMC can get their new business off the ground here in Kingston. As the start-ups grow they can move to a larger incubation space elsewhere in the city, and then eventually right into one of our city’s business parks. This is a smart investment. Growing businesses means more jobs and a larger economic impact for our community!
A beautiful historic building in our city that houses state-of-the-art technology innovation…a great illustration of Kingston’s motto: Where History and Innovation Thrive.
This week marks six months on the job as your mayor, and so I’d like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to all of the incredible volunteers I have met at countless fundraisers, walk/runs, awards ceremonies, grand openings and community events. You may not think there is much in common between a science fair award ceremony, a run to raise money for breast cancer research, a panel discussion on palliative care and a dinner to support the Food Sharing Project. But these events, and others like them, all have one thing in common: a dedicated group of individuals behind the scenes who devote enormous effort and countless volunteer hours to make the event a success.
I am often asked what the best thing about being mayor is and my answer is always the same: the people. The best part of this job is being able to meet all the incredible people in our community who have devoted themselves to important causes, who work tirelessly and passionately to improve lives and to meet the needs of others. It’s hard to imagine what our city would be like without the efforts of all of these outstanding individuals.
To all of the volunteers across all of the many organizations we have in our great city THANK YOU for all that you do to move our community forward. You are an inspiration and you make Kingston proud!