SDG attends the 'Inspire Burlington' Millennial Voices with Mayor Rick Goldring

SDG attends the 'Inspire Burlington' Millennial Voices with Mayor Rick Goldring

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes a ‘Millennial’ as a person born in the 1980s or 1990s (Generation-Y). Mayor Rick Goldring, with assistance from Niduk Wijayasingha of Serendip International, hosted an ‘Inspire Burlington’ event on Wednesday, June 25th at the Burlington Hive located downtown Burlington. The evening was set up in a workshop style format and featured approximately 20 participants (or millennials), who appeared to between the ages of 20 and 30, with a few residents above the age bracket.

Most of the evening was spent in groups focused on the Wards in which attendees live or work.

Inspire Burlington

The largest turnout seemed to be from Wards 1 and 2. Attendees were asked to create a pro and con list for each Ward, followed by suggestions about maintaining the pros and changing the cons. Some of the suggestions from the millennials included:

  • Introducing incentives for businesses to locate on lands north of the QEW
  • Creating rent-to-own opportunities
  • Improving cycling infrastructure and bicycle parking
  • Introducing a year-round, indoor Farmer’s Market into the downtown core
  • Building a McMaster campus in downtown Burlington
  • Promoting mobile art and theatre and celebrate the arts and culture of the city
  • Building a trail system linking Lowville and Bronte Creek parks
  • Reinforcing Neighbourhood Watch programs in higher-crime areas
  • Holding street festivals to give neighbours a chance to get to know each other.
Our city has a very talented and motivated group of millennials who will one day be its leaders. The millennials have big plans and expectations for the city and this event was a step in a positive direction for the younger voices to be heard.

The event also featured an update on the young professional geared SHiFT Committee in Burlington. SHiFT aims to bring together young professionals and future entrepreneurs in the community and providing them an opportunity to engage with successful entrepreneurs to foster personal and professional growth and development.

The next event will be held in September 2014 and will be a panel format. Please visit the Burlington Chamber website for more information (www.burlingtonchamber.com)