A plan by city staff to hold a celebration in November to mark the one year anniversary of the Community Economic Road Map was given a rough ride at city hall Monday night.
City Manager Art Zuidema provided a one year update on the economic growth plan to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee and revealed city staff was preparing a one year anniversary celebration in November to mark the milestone even though little has been accomplished.
The economic road map is a city hall plan to generate new jobs and grow the local economy.
It was unveiled last November after city council spent $90,000 to hire a Toronto firm to talk to to politicians, city staff and hosted three public meetings. The plan focuses on cultivating an entrepreneurial network in London, finding opportunities for health-care advancements, and encourages further downtown development.
Since then city staff have put together action committees to focus on the economic priorities outlined last year.
Ward six councillor Phil Squire, who criticized the need for the economic road map in the first place last year, questioned staff on whether it was appropriate to hold a party when some are still struggling and little progress had been made.
Ward four councillor Jesse Helmer also criticized some of the action committees saying they lacked diversity.