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January 8, 2002
Parkdale/Liberty Moves Ahead with Job Creation Strategy
  
Parkdale/Liberty Economic Development Corporation is launching the Framework
for Action, a plan to create new jobs and to retain and attract business to the
area. This plan is supported by the City of Toronto Economic Development
Division and Human Resources Development Canada.

A community celebration will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Caffino
Restaurant, 1185 King Street West to mark the occasion.

"A successful revitalization program requires the support of the local
decision-makers and the active participation of community members," said Brenda
Librecz, Managing Director of Toronto's Economic Development Division. "The
Parkdale/Liberty Economic Development has done a great job of soliciting public
opinion from local stakeholders which bodes well for this project."

One of the key components of the Framework is a youth employment strategy that
includes workshops, job training, youth employment help and stronger links
between Liberty and Parkdale. "These links are being developed to ensure that
skill training is consistent with job requirements and to enable students to
find local placements and employment opportunities," said Jennifer Penney,
President of the Board of the Parkdale/Liberty Economic Development Corporation.

Parkdale/Liberty area is only one many of the economic revitalization program
areas that is receiving support to create new jobs and attract and retain
business. Other areas include; Toronto West Junction, South Etobicoke, South
Riverdale, Eglinton Avenue West, Southeast Downtown, Leaside, Black Creek and
Oakwood Vaughan. Areas under development include St Clair West, College Street
and Rexdale.


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