April Update - Mayor’s Economic
The first thing you may notice is we’ve had a name change. Yes, it’s
official and it came about as the result of the enthusiasm, optimism and
ideas that were generated in the MEC sessions.
The process and focus of the Mayor’s Economic Council was and continues to
be, to find workable solutions and methods of increasing London’s prosperity
– and so – the name change.
The members of the MEPC did meet as a group on March 10th and the Pillar
Co-Chairs delivered a synopsis of each sector’s answers to the three
questions as originally posed.
1. What can the City of London do to be more welcoming and attractive to
2. What do you see as the “low hanging fruit” in the area of business
expansion and job creation?
3. How can the City of London improve how IT DOES BUSINESS with London
Written submissions were forwarded to the MEPC Chairs and Co-ordinators and
a report is expected by the end of April or early May. The report will
provide a Summary of the presentations and a compilation of the suggestions
and ideas that came from each Pillar. MEC Executive Chairs, Carol
Stephenson and Gord MacKenzie and Coordinators Tim Kavanagh and Todd Gillick
will provide the final report to the Mayor and a copy will be posted here.
Mayor Fontana attended the March 10th session and he thanked the MEPC
members, the Co-Chairs and Coordinators, for not only giving time to the process but also
to their city. The Mayor thanked all the Londoners who participated in
smaller groups and one on one. He said, "Good ideas come from everywhere but
they become GREAT ideas when we put our heads together and focus on how to
develop solutions and actions that are the best for our city – when we
consider how to improve what is already in place and what options are still
The Mayor acknowledged the hundreds of Londoners who have been involved in
the Mayor’s Economic Prosperity Council, not just those in attendance, but
those who offered ideas and had discussions with individual MEPC members and
individuals who sent suggestions via email. "Thank you to every one who
seized the opportunity to invest in creating ideas for London. We will now
take those ideas and continue to share them with Council, City staff,
business and community leaders and all Londoners. This is the next step –
seeing what is actionable and how effective are the outcomes."
The Mayor's Economic Prosperity Council will be encouraged to continue to
find good ideas and work collaboratively to help London achieve greater
economic prosperity. The Mayor suggested to those in attendance on March
10th, that he may call upon them again to meet later in the year to discuss
how their ideas had been received in the community and to address what
suggestions may or may not have been implemented. He encouraged participants
to stay in touch with each other, to partner where possible and to engage
others in the discussions and actions that will see London move in the right