Mike Murray Presentation: The Big Shift: Fostering Innovation in Waterloo Region

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  • Mike Murray Presentation: The Big Shift: Fostering Innovation in Waterloo Region

    1. 1. "The Big Shift" Fostering Innovation in Waterloo Region Mike Murray Chief Administrative Officer Region of Waterloo 1
    2. 2. Our Vision “Waterloo Region will be an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community committed to maintaining harmony between rural and urban areas and fostering opportunities for current and future generations”
    3. 3. Growth Plan Population Projections
    4. 4. How Have We grown? 2010 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 Waterloo Hespeler Kitchener Preston Cambridge Galt
    5. 5. Why Shift? The Consequences of Not Shifting Intrusion onto environmentally sensitive areas Loss of prime farmland • 80% of our water supply comes from the ground • 225,000 acres in Waterloo Region Negative health impacts • Commuting and "unwalkable" subdivisions Lack of global competitiveness • Waterloo Region as a "Complete Community" is critical to success
    6. 6. What are the Shifts? • Economy in Transition • More "Intensification" / Less Sprawl ("vibrant urban areas") • Greater Transportation Choice • Greater Focus on Sustainability
    7. 7. Economic Transition • Decline in Manufacturing • 15,000 jobs lost since 2000 • Still significant sector (20 % of employment) • Growth in Tech sector/knowledge economy • 1,000 + firms; $25 billion annual revenue • Increase in service-sector, part-time and temporary jobs • Greater Global Competition • For people and investment
    8. 8. More Residential Development in Built-up Areas And there are still more than 27,000 unbuilt units in plans of subdivision
    9. 9. More Housing Choice New Residential Construction 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 Units 500 0 2002 2003 2004 2005 Single 2006 2007 2008 2009 Year Semi Townhouse 2010 2011 Apartment 2012
    10. 10. Greater Focus on Creative Sector • 2009 Community Forum • Increased Municipal Investment in Arts and Culture • Creative Enterprise Initiative • Greater Provincial/Federal support? • Greater Private sector investment?
    11. 11. Greater Transportation Choice Focus on "moving people"
    12. 12. GRT Ridership 650,000 23.0 17.0 500,000 15.0 450,000 13.0 400,000 11.0 Service Area Population Revenue Hours 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 7.0 2003 300,000 2002 9.0 2001 350,000 2000 Population or Hours of Service 19.0 550,000 Ridership (millions) 21.0 600,000 Ridership 16
    13. 13. Rapid Transit Moving People / Shaping our Community
    14. 14. Optimize Existing Infrastructure • Water Conservation • Energy Conservation • Optimize Road Capacity • Transportation Demand Management • Traffic signal timing • Roundabouts • Waste Reduction • Blue box, Green bin
    15. 15. Natural Environment: From Islands to Systems
    16. 16. Planned Community Structure
    17. 17. Some Reflections • Regional/Municipal government has a key role in fostering innovation • Waterloo Region has a history/culture of innovation to build on • Planning and Building for Tomorrow is challenging (change brings conflict) • Collaboration between governments, business, academia and community is key • Support from Federal and Provincial
    18. 18. More Reflections “Why is this the best place to invest in Canada? Talented people! Our region is a magnet for talent.” --David Johnston, Governor General of Canada---Former President of the University of Waterloo--
    19. 19. Thank you.

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