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Barrie Business Progress Breakfast - Photos

Friday, April 29, 2011

When Mayor Jeff Lehman spoke to a large crowd of business people in early April, he started out his presentation by telling the story of Israel's economic miracle. Israel has beaten the odds to become a major player in the global business world, especially in the technology sector. With the highest number of start-ups per capita of any nation in the world and massive venture capital investment, Israel is one of the world's entrepreneurship hubs. Mayor Lehman explained that Israel achieved this by letting go of old ideas, and recognizing the value of innovation.

He went on to talk about how his first 118 days in office had confirmed for him what he already knew about Barrie's business community, that its entrepreneurial spirit is incredible!

Mayor Lehman outlined Council’s priorities for this term:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Managing Growth & Protecting the Environment
  3. City Centre Revitalization
  4. Financial Health
  5. Public Engagement

He noted that we need to focus on growing the jobs that are already here; the City doesn't create jobs, it creates the environment to support and encourage growth. Mayor Lehman’s presentation was clearly a step in the direction of ensuring that Barrie has the right environment for business growth.




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