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Economic Competitiveness

Building a Federal Agenda for Guelph

Guelph - The Guelph Chamber of Commerce released A Federal Agenda for Guelph – fostering Growth and Prosperity by Strengthening our Competitive Edge. With the federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015 and accelerating of campaigns both locally and nationally, the document identifies key focus areas related to economic competitiveness that will bolster Guelph’s future prosperity.

“As a community poised for growth, it is vitally important that we win the global fight for talent, entrepreneurs, capital and business investment and expansion. This ethos is the cornerstone of what will make us more global, more competitive and ultimately more prosperous,” says Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

The document focuses on key areas identified through surveying of the business community and action items from various local economic summits and forums. These areas include:

· Access to cutting edge talent

· Support for industry diversification and new market expansion

· Growth enabling infrastructure

· Support for research and development

· Accelerating business compliance time

“The Guelph Chamber of Commerce seeks to bring renewed focus during this federal election on the key economic factors that constrain growth and competitiveness. Together we look forward to working with a wide variety of partners to define how we as a community deliver on Guelph’s promise,” concludes Mwanzia.

In addition to this, on September 29, 2015 at 7 pm, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Guelph & District Association of Realtors (GDAR), Rogers TV and Cutten Fields to host a federal candidates’ debate.

With the launch of this document and hosting the federal candidates’ debate, the Guelph Chamber continues to mobilize its core strategic goals as outlined in the Chamber’s Strategic Plan 2015-18, which states that the Chamber “will engage with stakeholders in government and beyond to advocate pro-business public policy as well as facilitate discussions with government in response to Member needs.”

A Federal Agenda for Guelph – fostering Growth and Prosperity by Strengthening our Competitive Edge.



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