For some time now we have been talking about the growth crisis in manyof our rural communities. Small towns have experienced demographic shifts, industry downsizing or closures, declining
tourism and declining use of their natural assets for the past 20 years.
Most sma ll towns now realize that they need to reinvent their purpose to be more relevant in the new global economy and with the modern hi-tech youth demographics. They need to align themselves with the future, not the past, if they hope to experience growth and long term prosperity. Their vision of tomorrow is now built on the backbone of information communication technology to give them global reach and presence plus the ability to engage with the emerging tech-savvy youth
On a global scale, London is really just another rural community. The same issues facing small town Canada is now impacting small city Canada. Isn’t it time that cities like London create a vision for growth that has at its core, our youth. We need to become part of the new economy now. The world has changed forever. London needs to transition to a global centre of excellence for hi-tech industries now before it is too late. We don’t want London to become the first “ghost city”.