It’s been more than 20 years since Hamilton introduced Vision 2020—a set of guiding principles that would govern the policies and action of Hamilton’s civic government up to now. Vision 2020 was developed after a lengthy community consultation process. Its key message was that when planning we must consider the economy, the environment and social factors. Since then references to those principles have appeared on every staff report that has been submitted to city council.

With 2020 only five years away the City is now embarking on a review of vision 2020. The new process is a public engagement initiative called Our Future Hamilton—Communities in conversation. The idea is to develop a set of guiding principles that will carry the city lover the next 10 years. An engagement committee of more than 50 members was established and has developed a public engagement charter. The committee is looking for citizens to provide their input on what kind of city Hamilton should become. At present the feedback can be provided via a website, but Allison Jones, a city communication coordinator associated with the project says there will be other opportunities for input, including the submission of papers and public meetings. Organizers hope to avoid the phenomenon known as STP (same ten people)—a reference to the fact that often it is the same faces that turn up at community engagement open houses and the like.

Phase 2 of the project will take place starting September the 18th with “Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation” –a free two-day event. The event kicks off on Friday, September 18th at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Place with Canadian keynote speaker Colonel Chris Hadfield. On Saturday, September 19th at the Hamilton Convention Centre, participants can engage in thought-provoking conversations featuring leading experts on the challenges and opportunities facing Hamilton today.

The “Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation” free two-day event aims to inspire everyone in the city to shape the vision for the future of Hamilton. Presented by the City of Hamilton, Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s and The Carmen’s Group, the event kicks off on Friday, September 18th at 7 p.m. at Hamilton Place with inspirational Canadian keynote speaker Colonel Chris Hadfield. On Saturday, September 19th at the Hamilton Convention Centre, participants can engage in thought-provoking conversations featuring leading experts on the challenges and opportunities facing Hamilton today. Participants can register for either day one, day two or both days by visiting: www.hamilton.ca/ourfuturehamilton

 

 

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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