Rocco Rossi Announces City Hall Open for Business

TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - Toronto's race for mayor heats up with a pledge this morning (Wednesday) from Rocco Rossi to create Neighbourhood Business Council. Rossi's Neighbourhood Business Council would open a channel for the city's small businesses to make suggestions and raise issues that would affect decisions at City Hall. At present, Mr. Rossi said, there is no effective process for collaboration between small businesses and decision making at city hall.

Mr. Rossi also announced he would establish a program, called Measures that Matter, to measure delivery of city services. Mr. Rossi, an executive with experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, noted that no effective measurement of service delivery takes place now. Under his plan, there would be consequences if deadlines are missed.

He also told a breakfast meeting of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), representing more than 27,000 businesses, that he would create an office of Construction Czar to coordinate city projects and minimize disruptions. Businesses have complained frequently that projects such as renovations of Bloor Street and the St. Clair streetcar work have resulted in costly losses to shops and restaurants.


For further information: For further information: Patricia Best, Media Director, Rocco Rossi for Mayor Campaign, 416 356 7901,

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