Hamilton’s economic development division earns international accreditation

Hamilton’s economic development division has earned accreditation from the International Economic Development Council, making it the first municipally controlled department to do so and only the second in Canada.

The Washington D.C.-based organization audited the department’s activities and structure, made a site visit and interviewed private organizations with dealings with the department.

“They were impressed with our model and our integration with planning,” said economic development director Neil Everson. “That’s not a common model on either side of the border.”

There are 34 economic development organizations, the vast majority in the United States, which have earned the title of Accredited Economic Development Organization. The Greater Halifax Partnership, a standalone economic development corporation, was the first in Canada.

“The City of Hamilton’s economic development office displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honour,” said IEDC president and CEO Jeff Finkle in a release.

Article courtesy of  The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Returns to Downtown Core

At its “Welcome to the Core” office opening Thursday night, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce ushered in its return to the city’s downtown core, as it moved to its new offices in the Standard Life building (120 King St. W.) at the west end of Jackson Square.

At this new location, the chamber will help local entrepreneurs learn to get funding, develop winning pitches, and more. The chamber is also launching marketing seminar sessions starting Oct. 15 and a business sessions starting Oct. 26.

The downtown Hamilton location is expected to help make the chamber more visible and accessible to the business community.

Read more about this exciting Jackson Square news on CBC.ca.

Jackson Square is pleased to announce the arrival of a full service supermarket in downtown Hamilton

August 16, 2012

Jackson Square is pleased to announce the arrival of a full service supermarket in downtown Hamilton

Nations Fresh Food will be opening a major new supermarket in Jackson Square Mall in the Spring of 2013. The store will be located at the West end of the mall, near the intersection of Bay and Market Streets. Nations will open a full service supermarket, providing an excellent multi-ethnic fresh food shopping experience.

This 55,000 square feet supermarket, owned by the Ocean’s Fresh Food Group, will be the largest in the chain and the second to operate under the Nations banner. The store will feature foods of the world under one roof, a large fresh fish market, meat and deli counters, extensive fruit and vegetable markets, a large salad bar, in-store bakery and international prepared foods for eat-in and take-out.

This new full service supermarket represents a key missing piece in the puzzle of downtown renewal. Nations Fresh Food will provide a necessary service in the heart of the City, and will promote further residential development in and around the core.

“This announcement justifies the new confidence being expressed about the vibrant future of the Downtown core. Since its opening 40 years ago Jackson Square has been an outstanding corporate citizen of Hamilton, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and maintaining its buildings to the highest standards. It’s fitting that the City’s anchor downtown property was chosen by Nations to host their newest store. My sincere congratulations as Mayor to both landlord and tenant for their exciting new contribution to the growth of our City.” – Mayor Bob Bratina.

Everyday low prices, combined with a wide product selection will make Nations a destination for all grocery shoppers. People living in downtown Hamilton will now be able to easily walk or take transit for all of their grocery shopping. Also, downtown office workers will be able to pick-up either a quick take-out dinner or do their weekly grocery shopping before heading home.

The Hamilton Farmers Market will directly benefit from having a full service supermarket in close proximity. This symbiotic relationship will allow shoppers a “one-stop” grocery experience, combining buying weekly staples with buying wonderful fresh, local foods from the regions best farmers market. This combination will create a new destination for fresh food in the heart of City.

Jackson Square will be investing significant capital improvements to prepare for the arrival of Nations, including new elevators which will allow easy access from the mall to our ample, convenient underground parking. Combined with the fact that Nations will be building an entirely new store, the total new investment in Hamilton will be in excess of seven million dollars ($7,000,000.00). Once open, Nations will employ in excess of 200 people.

Now in its 40th year, Jackson Square has always been the heart and soul of downtown Hamilton. A new energy has come to the mall, with expansions and new stores over the last year. The mall vacancy is now under 10%, and discussions are currently underway with a number of new retailers.

We are certain that securing the lease with Nations Fresh Food will act as a catalyst for downtown renewal and redevelopment. As a long standing corporate partner, Jackson Square is proud to make this important contribution to the renewal of downtown Hamilton.

Jackson Square 40th Anniversary

Where were you on August 22, 1972? If you lived in Hamilton, you probably remember the opening of Jackson Square, one of Canada’s most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects. Jackson square continued to grow over the years, and has become the hub of downtown Hamilton. And now the first phase is turning 40! We will be celebrating with many events around the mall and some photo galleries of our shared past.

Come join in the celebration!

  • Morning coffee receptions in the lobbies of 100 King Street West, 110 King Street West and 120 King Street West, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Free public tours of the 21st storey of the tower at 100 King Street West.
  • Live-to-air broadcasting on-location at Jackson Square by Bill Kelly on 900 CHML radio.
  • A special anniversary gallery depicting the construction of Jackson Square at the King and James entrance.
  • Printing and distribution of special anniversary tote bags containing special coupons for use at Jackson Square retailers.
  • Live entertainment on the rooftop of Jackson Square.
  • Hosting of the Start2Finish Event – a local community event where the people of Hamilton can volunteer to help pack 1,100 backpacks with school supplies for underprivileged local students.

Hamilton Ontario’s resident Peregrine Falcons once again engaged the community

Hamilton resident Peregrine Falcons

Hamilton, Ontario’s resident Peregrine Falcons, Madam X and Surge have once again engaged the community.

April 5th, 2012 the Hamilton Community Peregrine Project was able to confirm that the pair had laid 4 eggs.

Three eggs hatched between May 4th and May 6th, 2012 (the fourth did not hatch as sometimes happens).

The chicks were banded May 31st, 2012. There were three boys – Beckett (682 grams), Felker (671 grams) and Tiffany, who weighed in at a trim 641 grams.  The chicks were quite calm during the weighing and banding process.

As in 2006, this year’s chicks were named after more of Hamilton’s waterfalls. Lower Beckett Falls, named after the Beckett Family who owned the surrounding lands in the early 1900s, is a ‘Ribbon Cascade and Falls’ whose water flows under Beckett Drive on the escarpment just east of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Its flow is prominent during rainfalls and the winter snow melt. Felker’s Falls, located in eastern Hamilton on Davis Creek, a branch of Red Hill Creek, is a ‘Terraced Ribbon Falls’ on land formerly owned by Joseph Benjamin Felker, who was born and lived his entire life on that property. Tiffany Falls, located in the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area in Ancaster, is a ‘Cascade Waterfall’ fed by Tiffany Creek. All three were named after Dr. Oliver Tiffany, the district’s first doctor, who came to Ancaster Township in 1796 and served the population of the village and area for forty years.

By June 18th, 2012 all three chicks have taken flight and are practicing their new skill.

If you are in downtown Hamilton be sure to drop by and see the Falconwatch live video from the Peregrine nest in our Jackson Square Mall television monitor and information station.  Falconwatch would like to thank the Jackson Square Dental Office for once again sharing their booth with the monitor and information signs.