I have always believed that Halifax is a city of passionate people. This passion was evident last month at the first Halifax Ecosystem Café.
I witnessed people from a variety of sectors come together to support the common goal of creating a prosperous Halifax.
This event built upon the interest and ideas that emerged at the State of the Economy Conference (SOEC) held in May where over 300 people from across the city came together for the launch of the Halifax Ecosystem - a community-driven network of people working together on common social and economic goals.
The Ecosystem is all about collaboration and getting to action and solutions quicker on key issues. It organizes and harnesses the energy, talents and resources of a growing movement of people, businesses, and organizations in Halifax who are ready to champion and make positive changes in our city.
Since SOEC, the Halifax Ecosystem has grown and evolved. Numerous conversations and brainstorming sessions have taken place, working groups and project teams have formed, and hundreds of Halifax champions have pledged to think and act differently and work together in the Ecosystem.
It's clear that combining our outputs, capabilities, connections and vocalizing our support for common goals will mean even bigger ideas, successes and rewards for the community as a whole.
This is not a short term fix. Achieving our big ideas and big goals for Halifax will require commitment and city-wide partnerships. We are all citizens of Halifax. We all have a stake in the city’s prosperity and as such we all have a role to play.
Working towards our big ideas will take commitment and perseverance to bridge the gap between our present and our vision for Halifax's future. But we are well on our way. We’ve already tapped into the most powerful tools to get us there - connections, passion and collaboration.
I watched last month as unique connections were being made between people and ideas were being built on in areas such as attracting and retaining our talent, growing our regional centre, and changing attitudes. Together, we are taking action to build and grow an even more vibrant, prosperous Halifax.
I look forward to seeing all of the amazing projects and actions that emerge in the Halifax Ecosystem. I anticipate we will have lots to celebrate at our Celebrate Business event in November, and in the months and years to come.
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