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Mayor's Speech

Mayor Corker's Address to Local Businesses

Special Meeting held Oct 17th 2007 at Shaar Community Centre

Good evening Ladies & Gentlemen. Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedules to be here with us this evening.

A few months ago, two local businessmen approached me to voice their concern about the future of business in Hudson’s downtown core. As both of these gentlemen are 2nd generation owners of businesses in Hudson, I certainly sat up and took notice!

We are witnessing tremendous residential growth in neighboring towns – in particular Vaudreuil-Dorion and St. Lazare. Commercial centers are popping everywhere along the TransCanada between Exit 36 and the Ottawa/Toronto split. The city is literally at our doorstep!

The long-awaited sewage infrastructure project for Hudson’s downtown centre, when completed will allow many more types of businesses to set up shop here and will allow commercial property owners to maximize their land usage.

The next two years will be a challenge for us all, most of all for you the local merchants.

It is in all our interests to decide and plan for what we want Hudson’s commercial area to look like when the municipal sewage system is up and running. We should collectively make use of this time as an opportunity to rediscover ourselves and to ensure that our commercial centre remains a destination for local residents and tourists.