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Town of Newmarket

Town of Newmarket hires first Economic Development Officer

Newmarket, Ontario, March 6, 2006 — The Town of Newmarket’s economic development path is about to take a new, more clearly-mapped direction. Commencing April 3, Christopher Kallio will lead this journey as the Town’s first Economic Development Officer (EDO).

Reporting to the Commissioner of Legal & Development Services, Kallio’s Imageportfolio will include:

  • Developing an economic development and marketing strategy focused on employment growth, expanding and retaining the existing business community, and attracting new businesses to Newmarket;
  • Leading the transition to a town-wide Economic Development Advisory Board;
  • Developing and implementing incentive programs to promote the Town’s business development opportunities, such as the Community Improvement Plan incentive program for the downtown;
  • Developing economic profiles to encourage industrial/commercial investment and tourism in Newmarket.

“With build-out fast approaching in Newmarket, an increased emphasis on economic development is more important than ever. Council is very excited to have Mr. Kallio on-board. We believe his experience and expertise will be a true asset for our community,” says Mayor Tom Taylor.

Kallio has over 20 years of related experience, including 13 years providing economic development consulting services to entrepreneurs and public sector clients as the Principal at KAL Management Group. He was also a Senior Consultant at KPMG, a Project Manager for the Sudbury Regional Development Corporation and the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Smiths Falls.

In addition to his experience, Kallio has achieved a Master’s Degree (School of Planning) from the University of Waterloo and conducted a thesis on the regional and local roles in economic development. He has also completed the university’s diploma program on Economic Development.

The multi-staged recruitment process included members of the business community, Council and staff. “To ensure a good fit, it was absolutely imperative that we seek input directly from the people he would work with on a regular basis,” say Susan Plamondon, Commissioner of Legal & Development Services.

Members of the downtown business community will have a chance to meet Christopher in advance of his start date at the Newmarket Downtown Wine & Cheese Reception on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street).

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Media contact:
Crystal Moss
Acting Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Newmarket
905-895-5193 ext. 2042 | cmoss@newmarket.ca