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ABOUT MAKE IT KITCHENER

Our city is propelled by entrepreneurs, investors, artists, machine operators, chefs, agents of change, and so many others. Our four-year economic development strategy is about making Kitchener an inspiring place to be, whether you’re launching your business, building your career, or supporting your community.


HOW TO BUILD A DYNAMIC ECONOMY

Make It Spark

We will support experimentation, encourage the intersection of art and industry, and support creative clusters such as music, film, performing arts, and design.

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Make It Start

We will be agile in the provision of services for startups, continue to attract entrepreneurs (locally, nationally, globally), and become a magnet for investment.

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Make It Grow

We will build Kitchener’s identity as a global maker hub, work with existing businesses to support their needs, and help develop cluster supports that make these systems work.

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HOW TO BUILD A GREAT CITY

Make It Urban

We will continue to develop a dynamic downtown and promote urbanization across the city, lead the way in property redevelopment, and facilitate the creation of sought-after urban amenities.

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Make It Vibrant

We will build Kitchener’s identity as a festival city, encourage our creative community to use the city as a stage, and support strong communities and neighborhood identities through distinct events and creative expression.

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Make It Connect

We will champion the creation of infrastructure to develop an innovation corridor between Waterloo Region and Toronto, build the partnerships needed to support it, and develop the Innovation District as the heart of the system.

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THE PRINT VERSION OF THE STRATEGY

Find out more about what Make it Kitchener means, and how we're working to make it happen.

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The Makers. The Hackers. The Writers.
The Coders. The Builders. The Creators.

You inspire us. You lift up the hood, mix up the ingredients, unveil hidden beauty, or harness new powers. You’re fearless with your hands and with your mind.