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Mayor to host forum aimed at surviving downturn

Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is looking for direction in the troubled times ahead.

Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly is looking for direction in the troubled times ahead.

He will host an economic forum in March to connect with the business community and discuss how the municipality can best survive the global downturn.

Back in 2005, council approved an economic strategy, and the Greater Halifax Partnership put it into place. Monday, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce will give the HRM its scorecard report on how the municipality is doing.

"We need to determine if it‚s the right strategy for the times and if we need to alter or change that strategy,” Kelly said in an interview Sunday.

"I think for the economic times we're in we'll be OK, but we still have a lot of work to do. We need to get focused on the future.”

The report card will be a major topic when Kelly hosts the economic forum on March 30.

"I am hopeful there will be some concrete results and some concrete direction given to council, to the Greater Halifax Partnership and the HRM collectively. We know we have some challenging times before us, so we have to be prepared for them.”

A panel of business leaders as well as representatives from the Greater Halifax Partnership and the Conference Board of Canada will discuss the state of HRM's economy.

 
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