Ontario Supports Economic Growth In Hamilton

    McGuinty Government Partners With City To Create Jobs And Opportunity

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ -


    The provincial government is helping Hamilton respond to challenges in
the manufacturing sector and diversify its economy.
    The City of Hamilton will use $386,000 in government funding to improve
economic planning through the following initiatives:

    - New multi-year economic development strategy
    - Comprehensive economic development marketing plan
    - Economic impact and land needs analysis for Hamilton Airport
    - Research into eco-friendly business parks
    - Hamilton Economic Summit (held May 1, 2008).


    "Hamilton has put forward a comprehensive plan that builds on the city's
diverse industry clusters and economic strengths. Our government is partnering
with communities like Hamilton to help attract jobs and investment," said
Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello

    "The McGuinty government is doing everything it can to help the Hamilton
region succeed, whether it's investing in local infrastructure, partnering
with local companies, or supporting the city's education and healthcare
facilities. Today's announcement is another step in our partnership for
long-term growth," said Hamilton Mountain MPP Sophia Aggelonitis

    "Hamilton is making large strides in diversifying its industrial base
with initiatives like the McMaster Innovation Park and a growing biotechnology
sector, in addition to creating a Brownfield Office to reinvigorate our older
industrial areas. This support will help our city continue to develop its
high-potential industry clusters and remain competitive in a knowledge-based
economy," said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger (http://www.mayorfred.ca/).


    - Funding for this announcement is being provided under Ontario's
Communities in Transition
(http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/en/progserv_cit_en.jsp) initiative.

    - Some other recent examples of provincial support for the Hamilton area
include investments to improve Hamilton's waterfront
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID= 1637), restore the
downtown Lister Block
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=1425&Lang=EN) and
support automotive research at McMaster


    -   Find out more about Ontario programs
        supporting a strong economy.

    -   Find out more about Hamilton economic development

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For further information:

For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716

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