Community Updates

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Exploring a Potential Downtown Campus Next to the Leon’s Centre

This week marks a key step towards a downtown campus for St. Lawrence College. City Council gave the green light to explore a specific location for this new campus; the City-owned parking lot next to the Leon’s Centre. One of my goals over the next few years is to see the entire area between Princess…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – July 10th

Additional Links  Agenda  St. Lawrence College Downtown Campus Partnership Wolfe Island Ferry Kingston Dock Redevelopment Project Update Election Sign Bylaw

Statement from Mayor Paterson – Kingston Chief Administrative Officer Gerard Hunt Steps Down

For Immediate Release July 9, 2019 Statement from Mayor Paterson – Kingston Chief Administrative Officer Gerard Hunt Steps Down Today I am saddened to announce that Gerard Hunt has stepped down as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Kingston, effective July 1, 2019. He remains employed with the City of Kingston but has…
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Kingston on the Global Radar for Startup Companies

The Startup Ecosystem Rankings for 2019 recently came out with a list of top cities in the world for startup companies. While big cities like San Francisco, New York and London top the list, there was a lot of discussion in the report about the emergence of innovation ecosystems in smaller cities like Kingston. So…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – June 19th, 2019

Additional Links: Agenda  Noise Exemption – Queen’s University, Richardson Stadium Climate Change Working Group Motion (pg. 17)  

Attracting Talent to Kingston

Local employers face challenges finding the right people to help their organizations grow and thrive. We have many incredible businesses and agencies but in order for them to excel in the face of global competition, it’s critical that they find the right people with the right skills. That’s why I am thrilled that a number…
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Attracting Film Productions to Kingston

An exciting economic and cultural development initiative is underway in Kingston. The goal is to attract film productions to our community, which in turn will help build a thriving local industry of artists and film makers! Major film producers like Netflix, Warner Bros. and Fox Searchlight have all expressed interest in filming in Kingston, thanks…
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Horseshoe Highlights – At Council with Mayor Paterson – June 5th, 2019

  Additional Links: Agenda  First Capital Place Filming Opportunities Climate Change Motion (pg. 10)    

Provincial Funding Changes and the Road Ahead

I was pleased to hear the Premier’s announcement that provincial funding reductions for municipalities would be reversed for this year. My colleagues from cities across the province were united in our view that cuts to our current budgets would hurt frontline services that our residents depend on. I appreciate that the provincial government listened to…
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The Road Formerly Known as the Wellington Street Extension

During last fall’s election, I made it clear that I had changed my mind on one of the more controversial issues in Kingston: the proposed Wellington Street extension. When I first ran for Mayor back in 2014, I saw the Wellington Street extension as a tool to revitalize and redevelop the City’s Inner Harbour, including…
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