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OP-ED: BILD: Strengthening the industry’s voice on transit

Back in May, I set a goal of reaching out to 90 people in my first 90 days as the new president at CEO of BILD, and in about five weeks, I surpassed it. But don’t get me wrong, I’m still reaching out and meeting new people every single day.

In fact, earlier this week, I met the CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Mitzie Hunter, who heads up an organization that convenes civic leaders from across all sectors and the region to spur change on the tough issues and big opportunities facing us today.

Here in the GTA, one of the toughest issues we face is rolling out – and funding — regional transportation plans.

For years, leaders in the building and land development industry have been calling for a better transportation network. We’ve hosted seminars, offered industry insight and have always considered ourselves a partner in tackling the issue.

Why? Well, BILD members don’t just build 40,000 homes every year, they live here, too. We need a transportation system that integrates and includes all areas of the GTA because the easy movement of people and goods is what makes a region vibrant, competitive and a great place to live, work and play.

It speaks to the importance of the issue when organizations like BILD and CivicAction can align objectives and agree that it’s time to get moving.

CivicAction just announced a new network of 27 regional transportation champions, as the group calls them, and there will be opportunities for more people to get involved. BILD member companies Menkes Developments, Dundee REIT, TD Bank, RBC and BMO are already part of the first wave of leaders that have stepped forward to work with CivicAction to roll out a campaign this fall.

Read the full article here.

Author:

Bryan Tuckey

Appeared In (Publisher):

The Toronto Star