June 2 Event to Strengthen Cooperation and Boost Regional Influence
HAMILTON, ON, May 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Leaders from the adjacent cities of Hamilton and Burlington, Ontario will participate in the inaugural Bay Area Economic Summit at Royal Botanical Gardens on June 2, 2015.
The purpose is to strengthen strategic cooperation in the context of a growing economic region that extends from Toronto through to the U.S.
"Our summit marks a sea change in intercity relations in Ontario and Canada," said spokesperson Keanin Loomis, CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
"We think it's essential to collaborate on the defining issues of our day, including transportation, health and the environment. Working together, across municipal boundaries, we form a regional community with more economic and political clout."
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Burlington Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to host the event in cooperation with their respective municipalities and other partners.
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring are honorary co-chairs and will open the morning in conversation with Paul Berton, editor-in-chief, The Hamilton Spectator.
The day-long program will feature over 50 speakers and a range of topics. It will also engage delegates in crafting a Bay Area Economic Agenda to be used in communications with senior levels of government.
Combined, the cities of Hamilton and Burlington represent roughly 4.4% of Ontario's GDP and boast an active labour force of more than 392,000 people.
"The summit will help advance our shared interests," said Keith Hoey, president, Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
Visit BayAreaSummit.ca to learn more.
SOURCE Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Keanin Loomis, President and CEO, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, [email protected], 905-522-1151 x 229