When Mayor George Pirie delivered his State of the City address to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, he based it on a paper dealing with Canada recovering from COVID-19.
He says it must have been written with Timmins in mind, because every opportunity it contains applies to this city.
The mayor says COVID-19 threw a wrench into some plans, but the visions remain.
“I believe that these opportunities will still exist in Timmins and Timmins, of course, can be a hub for change and innovation,” he confidently stated. “We can and will grow.”
By working together, the mayor told the business audience, the future of Timmins involves growth, technology, immigration and small business.
“I see a future where the world will come to us and ask us how did we do this. And most importantly, how can we invest in this city?”
Following the speech, Mayor Pirie, city CAO Dave Landers, Chamber president Rob Knox and CAO Keitha Robson held a fireside chat, re-creating one of their monthly meetings to discuss topics of mutual concern.