Chamber Champions Sustainability

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 In Latest Updates

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce – host organization for Renew Hamilton – announced a new umbrella policy theme at its Annual General Meeting held yesterday.

Moving forward, the Chamber will play a leadership role in growing Hamilton’s economy through advancing green infrastructure.  Examples include light rail transit, alternative energy and clean technologies.

Another prime example cited by the Chamber is Hamilton’s renewal economy and its capacity to create jobs and prosperity through revitalizing restorable assets.  These assets include historic buildings, heritage neighbourhoods, cultural amenities and natural landscapes.

This policy declaration, coupled with the Chamber’s return to downtown Hamilton, signal a commitment to sustainable development with a decidedly green tinge.

Kudos to the Chamber for making these bold moves at this important time for Hamilton.  And congratulations to the newly-appointed Chamber Chair, Louise Dompierre (pictured above).

To learn more, visit the Chamber’s new website.

1 Comment

  1. Adrian says:

    Accurately assessing the direct economic impact of the arts and entertainment sectors within regions is an important exercise. Here in Buffalo, we track the data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, and find that the direct measurable impact of arts activities and cultural institutions is about $350 million in a $42 billion regional economy. That’s no small impact, given that the total public (i.e., government) investment is under $10 million annually: as a return on investment, a 35-to-1 ratio is better than just about anything else the economic modelers can identify! The psychic income and benefits are not so easily quantified, but are nevertheless tangible, because the arts become great community connection points for all ages and social classes, because the arts demonstrably stimulate aspiration whether it’s the hope for recognition for potential arts patrons, or the spark of creativity struck when a spectator is moved to become a creator. It is a poor community indeed that abandons or curtails its public support of the arts in times of budget challenges.

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