“Oakville Town Economic Update with Mayor Rob Burton”

“Oakville Town Economic Update with Mayor Rob Burton”
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Mayor Rob Burton addressed a packed house of Oakville Chamber of Commerce business-people at the Holiday Inn on Argus Road. During the “Oakville Town Economic Update with Mayor Rob Burton”, the Mayor proudly claimed that “Oakville is a ‘city’ that calls itself a ‘town’ and feels like a ‘village’”.

He went on to say that “the business people are the leaders that drive Oakville’s livability and create its success.” Taxes, he was happy to say, have not risen as quickly as the cities that surround Oakville, and yet the Town Council and the Region of Halton have been able to maintain the excellent levels of service to which Oakvillians are accustomed.

Pride in the Oakville community was a recurrent theme. “Oakville is the safest community in the country for the 4th year in a row and has the best police force” according to Mayor Burton.

“Oakville’s new hospital is well on its way to completion with no rise in property taxes to accomplish this”. Also exciting will be the Health Sciences campus that will be a part of the New Hospital.

Oakville is a “top brand” amongst communities with 87% of its taxpayers acknowledging delight with the municipal government. Examples of businesses that help make up the strength are Cogeco, Ford, Empire Communities, Union Gas and CNN. This is an impressive list and are but a few of the businesses Oakville is proud to have call “Home”.

Talking about “Home” – On a different note, the Mayor told a story about a young lad at Heritage Glen Public School who entered a contest that changed both his world and that of the school. He won a $50,000 prize that he could give to his chosen charity for homelessness. Habitat for Humanity was chosen and the students at Heritage Glen are now active participants in the “house building industry”. Mayor Burton would like to see this challenge repeated in schools throughout Oakville.

There were many good ideas put forth by the Mayor and many lively and thought-provoking questions during the Question and Answer period – questions such as revitalization of the down-town core and Bronte Village, traffic congestion and growth challenges that Oakville is experiencing. There will always be more to be done in the most liveable town called Oakville!

“This annual breakfast is popular among our members, who are interested in local issues pertaining to the economy,” says Chamber Chair Kerry Colborne. “We are pleased to offer them this opportunity to hear directly from the Mayor about initiatives from Oakville’s municipal government.”


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