Hamilton Highlights Newsletter – April 2013
In the April 2013 edition of Hamilton Highlights…
- Hamilton Earns International Accreditation for Economic Development
- Hamilton Economic Development Staffer Now President of Provincial Organization
- Renew Hamilton Project Launches
- Startup Weekend Approaching
Wake Up From Your Commuting Nightmare
Economic Development Office makes Hamilton a little more “animated”
Innovative piece designed to market to new creative class
Hamilton, ON – August 8, 2012 – Hamilton’s Economic Development Office launched an innovative marketing piece today never before attempted in the office’s history. The “Commuting Nightmare”- as it is known- is an animated short designed to market Hamilton as a viable live/work choice to those on the endless commute to Toronto.
“We certainly are aware of the great growth in the creative industries and we have a very unique vehicle now to sell our collective creative spaces”, said Glen Norton, Manager, Urban Renewal with the City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office. “Get your life back, wake up from that commuting nightmare is our message through this cartoon.”
The cartoon was produced by Chuck Gammage Animation (www.cganim.com), a recent creative industry addition to the James Street North arts district via Toronto and boasts clients such as Coca Cola, Old Navy, and Teletoon. The score was produced by Nathan Fleet (http://www.nathanfleet.com), an award winning Hamilton filmmaker and film composer with screenings and broadcasts worldwide. His new music company, Blue Pick Media, was named after his trademark blue guitar pick business cards. As the director of the Hamilton Film Festival, board member of the Factory Media Centre and sitting on the Cinema Hamilton committee, he is helping to grow, enhance and connect the filmmaking community in Hamilton.
”Yet again, City Council’s investment in the Economic Development Office has allowed us the resources to create innovative media products such as this one,” said Norton. “Our Hamilton talent created a great product and now we’re hoping Hamiltonians share this via their social media channels across the nation and globe!”
Hamilton’s Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton.
To view the video please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tiNg6AYYSk
We’re pleased to see that despite the ongoing restructuring at the CBC, CBC-Hamilton was specifically mentioned as a project still moving forward. This is great news from our vantage point as it cements this national outlet’s presence in our city and means another new “storefront location” being occupied in the downtown core.
There are so many economic good news stories going on in the city, stories that need a wider audience, stories that are changing our image for the better. With the addition of CBC-Hamilton, this is yet another outlet to share those stories, highlight the great people doing business here and showing everyone why this is one of the best cities to invest in Canada.
We also look forward to this outlet adding more pedestrian traffic and interest in our downtown core, because we certainly advocate a pedestrian friendly downtown with amenities that are easily walkable in all directions. We’ve been very, very fortunate to have great media partners in this city to get the good news out and now, beyond any doubt, we can officially welcome one more to our community- and that’s good news indeed!
CBScene in the Core
Another exciting advancement for Downtown Hamilton. CBC is starting a new revolutionary digital newsroom in the core and last week announced the new location at 118 James Street North. You can view their new blog here:
We at Hamilton Economic Development would like to welcome CBC News to the neighbourhood and encourage the community to visit the downtown and see why there’s so much excitement in the core right now.
From new condo units, to hotel developments, to creative GTA firms setting up shop here, Downtown is on the way up and whether you’re looking to invest or just enjoy the social side of the core, you can find the information you need at investbak.2genbox.net or through our friends at Tourism Hamilton via their website at www.tourismhamilton.com.
New Financial Incentives for Downtown
There’s a lot going on in Downtown Hamilton these days.
In 2011 alone, the International Village BIA and the Downtown Hamilton BIA accounted for nearly 40 new businesses in the core. Coupled with the announcements of all-day GO service coming soon, the creation of the McMaster Public Health facility at the corner of Main Street and Bay Street and the commencement of construction on a new hotel (Staybridge Suites), there is a sense of great renewal and activity in the core.
To accelerate this growth, Hamilton City Council recently expanded the areas where the Downtown Financial Incentive programs can be offered. These programs are designed to provide very low to no interest lending opportunities and grants to downtown developers, building owners and businesses and work is underway to expand the no development charge policy that applied to the former Community Improvement Plan (CIP) area to the expanded CIP area. Two new financial incentive programs include the Gore Building Improvement Grant Program and the Hamilton Downtown Commercial Façade Property Improvement Grant Program