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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mayor's Newsletter / October 2017

                              Update on the Economic Mission
                                  to Los Angeles and Seattle

 Mayor Jim Watson and Michael Wooff, Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle look over the cityscape from the Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Last month, accompanied by the heads of Ottawa’s local tourism and film industries, as well as representation from Invest Ottawa, I led a small economic mission to Los Angeles, California and toured the Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
The purpose of the mission was to promote Ottawa as a filming destination and a technology hub, explore tourism development opportunities with worldwide partners during the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Summit, and create jobs and economic opportunities for residents in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Film & Television Opportunities
Ottawa is well positioned to become a staple filming destination: the yearly average for film and TV production in the Ottawa area translates into over $100 million spent directly in the local economy, including more than $50 million in Ottawa’s animation sector. 
Our mission included a series of targeted meetings with decision-makers from American film and television production studios to promote Ottawa as a prime filming location, due to its affordability, and beautiful and unique landscapes, as well as access to a talented and bilingual cast and film crew.
The delegation also had the opportunity to develop relationships, build ties and attract interest in the film industry at a reception celebrating Canadian Emmy nominees.
Tourism Opportunities
I spoke at the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Summit forum on solutions to challenges faced by tourism cities. I presented on the lessons we learned from hosting a series of major events in the context of Ottawa 2017, namely the need for early community outreach, and identifying the right partners and logistical teams to deliver major events. 
Visit of Amazon Headquarters in Seattle
Accompanied by Michael Wooff, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, I toured the 33-building complex that the Amazon Headquarters, a 33-building complex in downtown Seattle, Washington. The goal of the visit was to gain a better understanding of the scope and infrastructure requirements of the campus, in order to put forward the strongest bid to attract Amazon HQ2 to Ottawa.

                         Have your say: Budget 2018
 Last year, we worked with our City departments and staff and listened to residents through the budget consultation process in order to deliver a budget that keeps the City on a path of fiscal prudence while continuing to build a caring, sustainable, and prosperous city. We were able to accomplish this while keeping our 2% tax cap commitment, thus ensuring  that Ottawa remains an affordable city for all.
To shed light on the budget process and how these decisions impact your individual property taxes, the City of Ottawa has developed innovative tools available in the Understanding Your City Budget section of www.Ottawa.ca. The tools include:
  • How the City Budget Works: A short video that uses plain language and easy-to- understand graphics that outline the basics of how the City budget works.
  • Get Involved in the Budget Process - The City of Ottawa’s Budget Process Made Simple: A printable info-graphic that describes the budget and consultation process and highlights when and how residents can have their say.
  • City of Ottawa’s 2018 Budget Consultation Tool: An interactive online tool that provides you with the opportunity to play the role of politician or administrator and determine what areas of City services and programs require increases, decreases or status quo funding, and gives you the opportunity to provide comments. To show the impact of your decisions, the tool will also show how your changes will affect the budget rate and your individual property taxes. The tool will remain live until the budget is tabled on November 8, 2017
These budget tools will help you better understand how your tax dollars are spent. Pre-budget consultations are also an opportunity to express your views on how property tax dollars will be used and to take part in the decisions City staff and Council are faced with when developing and approving the annual budget.
In addition to the online budget tools, residents may also offer budget input by sending an email directly to budget@ottawa.ca, by contacting your City Councillor or by tweeting @ottawacity using the hashtag #ottbudget.
Finally, I encourage residents to attend various Councillor-led 2018 Pre-budget public consultations that are taking place across our city in the month of October.
For a schedule of public consultations or to access the online consultation tools, visit www.ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/budget-and-taxes/budget/budget-2018, and have your say in Budge 2018. 
Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park
Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 

                                                   October 5 to 9
Sunday, October 15
 Mayor in the City
Saturday October 14 |  12 p.m.

Discover Just Food Farm's newly renovated barn during their Fall Harvest Art Exhibition!

Just Food Farm
2389 Pepin Court., Ottawa
Saturday October 28 | 5:30 p.m.

Join me for the eagerly awaited Lord Stanley's Gift Monument unveiling!

Corner of Elgin and Sparks street, Ottawa