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Greater Sudbury city council vows to add 10,000 jobs in 10 years

Greater Sudbury's city council is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 jobs over the next decade.

$100,000 economic plan aims to make community more welcoming to newcomers

The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation's 24-member committee received $100,000 to come up with a 10-year economic plan. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Greater Sudbury's city council is moving forward with an ambitious plan to create 10,000 jobs over the next decade. 

The plan is called From the Ground Up, which holds a vision to make the area more inviting to immigrants and migrant newcomers. A committee has been working on the 10-year initiative since last December. 

Coun. Robert Kirwan said he wasn't sure if the economic program will bear any fruit. 

"Because we can say we are going to be collaborative, we're going to be welcoming, we're going to develop more partnerships, but the reality is, there's not too many people who are totally satisfied with what we've experienced during the last decade," Kirwan said.

The committee behind the plan said council has created a sense of urgency with the vision, which ensures it becomes a reality. The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation's 24-member committee received $100,000 to come up with this plan.

Committee member Jim Marchbank said putting this economic blueprint out in the open will highlight the need for growth in Sudbury while fostering better decisions with that in mind. 

Marchbank added the goal is "to recreate some of that sense of crisis and with it, the sense of urgency that's needed to do the kinds of things that's needed to get to where we'd like to see this community in 2025."

Residents can expect regular updates on the progress of this plan throughout the next decade. 

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