Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter provided a look into the city’s next 30 years to a sold-out audience during his inaugural State of the City Address at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s Luncheon this month.
Carter first addressed General Motors’ decision not to allocate product to the Oshawa plant beyond 2019. He assured the audience that the City continues to urge GM to reconsider its decision. He added that the City is working with all levels of government to identify new opportunities to transition Oshawa’s highly trained automotive workforce and support the affected workers and their families.
He emphasized that Oshawa is well prepared for the next 30 years and has a competitive edge, highlighting the city’s solid economic foundation and diversified economy. Oshawa has active, leading and emerging industries such as healthcare, education, technology, energy, transportation, agriculture and aviation. There are major developments underway and proposed, significant investments from all levels of government, financial preparedness, a talented workforce and business leaders who are ready for the opportunity.
Carter profiled some of the major investments that will drive Oshawa’s competitive edge, including the GO Train east extension that will generate $1.1 billion and the 10-year Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project. He cited over $5 billion in completed, current and proposed development activity across the city, including revitalization of the Genosha Hotel and the Trent University expansion.
“This moment calls for all of us to work together and imagine our city not only for this year, but for the next 30 years. Let us not waste this moment – embrace the opportunity to reimagine Oshawa,” said Mayor Carter.