Rochester, Santa Monica, Vancouver, Barrie, Hamilton, Hong Kong and of course Toronto, were some of the cities whose leaders came together at the Toronto City Age conference to offer and listen to ideas on how to leverage the role cities play in shaping our economies.
Build Toronto’s President & CEO, Bill Bryck, participated in the Business of City Building session where the discussion centred around what new tools and partnerships are available for cities to invest in new infrastructure. Led by Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg News and joined by Peter Wallace, City Manager, City of Toronto; Ben Meyers, SVP, Market Research & Analytics, Fortress Real Estate; and Stephen Beatty, Global Head of KPMG’s Cities Business, Bill spoke to Build Toronto’s model of unlocking the value of City of Toronto underutilized and surplus real estate.
“You can only sell land once and I’d like to make sure we do it right”, says Bill Bryck. “We want to make a return, but also see something left behind for future generations”.
Build Toronto provides a net financial return to the City, but net financial return can also be measured by non-financial results. Within our development projects, we work to deliver on City-Building outcomes such as affordable housing, new public realm and improved park space, to name a few. To learn more about Build Toronto projects, please visit our Project Portfolio.
City Age: Build the Future conference was held at the MaRS Discovery Centre last week on October 8th and 9th. The various sessions tackled topics such as City’s creating their own brands, connecting and leveraging regional strengths, building solutions for hard problems, how and when to involve the private sector and investing in infrastructure projects such as transit.
For more information, make sure to visit www.cityage.org.