Chamber Calls Upon Elected Leaders to Commit to an Economic Plan

Objectives

  • Congratulate Niagara’s elected municipal leaders following 2014 municipal election on behalf of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and its members.
  • Call Niagara’s elected municipal leaders to act on developing an economic plan.
  • Communicate the need for an established economic plan in local government to elected officials, business community, media and public.

My Role

As Public Relations Assistant with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce I was given the task to write media releases surrounding the recent municipal election in the Niagara region.

Results

The media release resulted in a news story published by local media outlet Niagara This Week. The story can be viewed here. Below is the media release copy. To view the release as it was sent out to the media, click here.

Chamber Calls Upon Elected Leaders to Commit to an Economic Plan

October 31, 2014

(Niagara) – On behalf of its members, The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce congratulates all candidates that put their names forward to serve the needs and interests of people in Niagara. Being elected is a great responsibility and requires commitment to action. It is with this in mind that the Chamber calls upon all elected municipal leaders to commit to establishing a regional economic development plan within 100 days of starting their term on December 1, 2014.

“With recent reports placing the Niagara region in the bottom third in numerous categories including education and population growth, it is vitally important that councillors and mayors commit to developing an economic plan within 100 days of the start of their term,” explains Wade Stayzer, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Vice President Retail Banking and Investment Services at Meridian Credit Union. “Without such a commitment we are liable to see four more years go by with zero progress in job creation and growth.”

Leading up to the October 27 election, the Greater Niagara Chamber, in partnership with ArtsVote Niagara, the Niagara College Students’ Administrative Council, NextNiagara, Women in Niagara Business Council, Niagara Construction Association, Niagara Homebuilders Association and the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce launched the VoteNiagara2014 initiative. This initiative brought attention to the issues facing the economic well-being of the Niagara region through a range of multimedia content related to the three pillars of the Business Platform: Talent Attraction and Retention, 21st Century Infrastructure and Governance Modernization.

“Niagara is well positioned to become a significant regional economy, but with us failing to plan we surely plan to fail. That is why the business community is asking for a commitment from all elected officials to develop an economic development plan within 100 days of being sworn in,” says Kithio Mwanzia, Interim Chief Executive Officer at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “Without commitment from Niagaraʼs leaders, Niagara’s growth potential will be in jeopardy.”

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,500 members representing more than 45,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

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For more information and interviews please contact:
Kithio Mwanzia, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
905-684-2361 ext 227 or policy@gncc.ca