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‘Vivid’ is a light and entertainment festival run over 17 days in Sydney which, last year attracted half a million people to the city, enhancing community spirit and supporting business and trade operators.
On 8 April this year North Sydney Council agreed to fund the expansion of the Vivid festival to include North Sydney with a $100,000 contribution in 2013 to the over-$1million contribution being made by Destination NSW to this development. Expanding ‘Vivid’ to North Sydney would bring an estimated 350,000 visitors to our shores – to our cafes and restaurants, to Luna Park , our art galleries, small businesses one and all, and bring great economic benefit and much needed ‘life’ back to our region, especially important in the colder months and outside business hours.
Last Monday 15th April at an Extraordinary meeting, the Council rescinded this decision, denying any funding and thereby any potential for economic benefit in North Sydney. We were at the meeting and heard all the arguments as to why the Council should not participate, however, there are many better reasons for this project to be supported.
North Sydney Chamber of Commerce has written an open letter to the Councillors explaining why we think they should support Vivid – and now we are asking for your support. We believe that businesses in North Sydney LGA have been ignored for too long and that it is time that we stand up and demand to be heard.
The North Sydney Chamber of Commerce is absolutely apolitical about this – we only want the best for business in North Sydney LGA and international events such as Vivid are about much needed economic stimulation. We hope we can count on your support.
And Vivid is just the beginning - we need more and more activities of this nature and we need to tell that to Council!
If you would like Council to be more supportive of business and listen to us when we ask to be heard, please sign this petition. Time its tight for this project as we would like to present this petition to Council on Monday, so please don’t delay – and please pass this on to your business colleagues.
The Cuyahoga County Port Authority will consider a measure June 23 to grant the Eaton Corporation a $150 million loan to move its headquarters from downtown Cleveland to Chagrin Highlands.
The Plain Dealer reports that the port authority is expected to approve the loan.
Eaton Corporation, a industrial manufacturing corporation headquartered at E. 9th Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland, already received $71 million in tax abatements from the state of Ohio to move its corporate headquarters to the suburbs.
Tell the port authority not to finance sprawl and that there are more prudent and forward-thinking uses for our economic development tax dollars. $150 million could finance 3,000 small business loans of $50,000 each. If only 25% of those companies survived and hired an average of three workers, it would create more than 2,250 jobs for the Cleveland area.
The city of Chicago is broke. In December of 2008 the city is running a $469 million deficit. The city, county and state government is overrun with corruption and incompetence. Basic services are being cut back and our infrastructure needs repair.
We can not afford to sink billions into the Olympic games. The London games of 2012 are already $6 billion (pounds) over budget. If Chicago wants to claim and hold the title of "world class city," let's find more sensible and sustainable ways to get there.
This petition, titled, "Petition to Re-Evaluate Economic Development Positions for Funding and Operational Success," has been created and is being circulated in order that the City Council of New London understands that the people of New London, those who live, work, recreate, support, and do business -- both buying and selling -- within New London, are anxious to see real and successful change within our city; but that change should only be initiated after careful thought and consideration is given by the City Council to all options, not just options that are expediently proposed and enacted.
The elimination of the entire Economic Development department and staff and programs may not be the best option to enact, and we believe that more options, each with their respective pros and cons, and careful consideration by the City Council, is necessary at this critical time in the city's life.
Action for actions sake is not what is now needed. However, we agree that once a careful consideration has been made, based on all available facts and opinions, that action should be taken and must be made decisively.