Halton’s Quarterly Accomplishments (Q2, 2013)

Attracting & Retaining Jobs

Physician Appreciation Week – More than 300 physicians attended a networking event hosted by Halton Region.

Gold Quill Award of ExcellenceOn June 24, Halton Region’s Small Business Centre was presented with a Gold Quill Award of Excellence for its Social Media Program which includes Twitter, Facebook and a blog by the International Association of Business Communicators at its annual conference.  

Regional Economic and Employment Lands Update – On May 8, Halton Region presented a regional economic and employment lands update at the Hamilton Burlington Commercial Real Estate Summit.  The event attracted an audience of 100 Realtors who work with businesses interested in locating in Halton.

Promoting Tourism

National Tourism WeekOn June 14, Halton Region celebrated National Tourism week at a networking event with tourism partners and held a photo contest celebrating spring in the Region which received nearly 150 entries.

Emergency Preparedness

Paramedic Recruitment – Paramedic Services hired 15 new paramedics who represent the top 2% of the candidates who applied. They have completed a four-week orientation process and are “on-the-road” and working. These new paramedics will staff two additional ambulances 12-hours each day, 7 days per week as approved by Regional Council in the 2013 budget.

Emergency Preparedness WeekEmergency Preparedness displays were set up across the community, and Halton’s Emergency Management team also delivered emergency management training for Regional and Local Municipal staff and conducted a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) exercise for Emergency Services personnel from the Local Municipalities, Police Services and Halton Paramedic Services.

Enhanced Community Notification Service (eCNS) – On June 19, Halton Region approved the Enhanced Community Notification Service (eCNS), a new service that will augment the Region’s community emergency telephone notification service, used to deliver a message to households in the Region in the event of an emergency. The Region will be one of the first Canadian municipalities to have access to Bell’s Reverse 9-1-1 data and the first to use geospatial coordinates (latitude and longitude) for its civic addresses.

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