Guelph, Ont., January 27, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie presented his third State of the City address this morning, touching on the many reasons the community has to be “Guelph Proud.” He spoke about the progress that’s been made in the first two years of Council’s term in creating a new tone inside and outside City Hall; focusing on infrastructure that makes life better in the city; and providing efficient and affordable programs and services.
“When I was elected your mayor, I wanted to bring a renewed focus to addressing what I call the ‘front porch issues’ – the issues that really make a difference in people’s lives. Two years in, I am proud to say that these issues are at the top of the agenda,” Mayor Guthrie said.
Key accomplishments of the past two years highlighted in the speech include:
- Hiring a new CAO, who has introduced a new corporate administrative plan and filled a number of key management vacancies
- Rejoining the County of Wellington’s Social Services Committee
- An “open for business” culture that is being noticed in the business community and helping to bring investment and jobs
- Tackling a number of overdue infrastructure projects, and establishing a dedicated infrastructure fund and fee-based stormwater funding that will address longstanding infrastructure deficits
- A first-ever service review framework that will ensure the City is offering the right services, at the right level, and in the most efficient way possible
- A Civic Accelerator that brings the private sector into City Hall, and will help build a new civic tech sector in Guelph.
Looking ahead, Mayor Guthrie said Guelph will play a major role in the Innovation Corridor that stretches from Toronto to Waterloo Region, building on our city’s world-renowned strengths in agri-food and agri-innovation.
The Mayor announced that Guelph will participate in the national “3 Things for Canada” effort that asks every citizen to give a gift of three acts of service in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. More information about how Guelphites can be involved in “3 Things” will be announced shortly.
Citing the thousands of people he has spoken with at more than 500 community events over the past two years, Mayor Guthrie ended by thanking the community. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my first two years as Mayor, it’s this: Guelph isn’t about roads and pipes or bricks and mortar. It’s not about programs and services. It’s about people.”
Mayor Guthrie gave several examples of people who have made him “Guelph Proud” and recognized his special guest in the audience, Walaa Allaf, a Syrian newcomer who collected donations for Fort McMurray following the devastating fires there and personally drove them from Guelph to Alberta.
The Mayor concluded: “Let’s resolve to never take our city for granted. Let’s keep celebrating our successes. Let’s keep working together to make our city even better. And let’s resolve to be Guelph Proud.”
Mayor Guthrie has created the Twitter handle @guelphproud and the hashtag #guelphproud, and he encouraged all in the audience to use them whenever they have good news to share.
The Mayor’s State of the City breakfast is an annual event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.
The complete text of Mayor Guthrie’s State of the City address can be found on the Mayor’s Office web page at http://guelph.ca/city-hall/mayor-and-council/mayors-office/state-of-the-city/.
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Mayor Cam Guthrie
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