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June 19, 2002
Toronto's St. Clair West community celebrates
Economic Development -- Members of the St. Clair West community gathered at the
Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre Tuesday evening to celebrate the work
they have done so far on the St. Clair West Revitalization Initiative. The
event was hosted by the St. Clair West Revitalization Committee, Toronto
Economic Development and Councillor Betty Disero.

To date, the St. Clair West Revitalization Committee has completed an economic
profile of the area that identifies the trends, issues and opportunities within
the community. It has also identified some key goals and a strategic direction.
The group held a public meeting to obtain community input and engaged major
stakeholders through five focus groups -- artists, youth, social services,
business improvement area associations and industry representatives.

The community dialogue has resulted in the following revitalization themes:
· connecting St. Clair West by encouraging strong community ties
· beautifying St. Clair West by improving public spaces
· making St. Clair West a shopping destination by enhancing the retail strip
· creating jobs and economic opportunity by providing jobs and attracting
· facilitating movement within the community by improving transportation

The St. Clair West Revitalization Committee's next step is to recruit members
for the sub-committees that will concentrate on individual themes. Each of the
five sub-committees -- physical infrastructure, marketing, business
development, community safety, and social and arts and culture -- is conferring
with members of the community.

"Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods," said Councillor Betty Disero, "It is
vitally important that we keep our neighbourhoods, including our commercial
neighbourhoods, healthy and vibrant because healthy communities and healthy
commercial districts make a healthy city. We are very pleased that the people
in this neighbourhood are donating their time and their expertise to rejuvenate
this area and I'm sure that their efforts will be rewarded."

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