Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope Acclaimed as Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus

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Submitted by CGravlev, Friday, January 9, 2015

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope Acclaimed as Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope is the new Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC).  Mayor Hope was acclaimed to the one year-term at the Annual General Meeting of the Caucus in London today.  Warden Tom Bain of Essex County was acclaimed as Vice Chair.

"I'm honoured to receive this appointment and am dedicated to advancing the causes of the South Western Ontario in this way – with a united voice and vision ", said Mayor Hope.  "The membership of this group represents the interests of more than 3-million residents and businesses, and is a powerful advocate on their behalf. Our number one priority is the SWIFT initiative which will provide an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Western Ontario”.

At this meeting the group identified its key priorities for 2015 as: the development of regional broadband infrastructure (SWIFT Initiative – swiftnetwork.ca); and advocacy on interest arbitration and the financial sustainability of municipalities.

The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus Inc. is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 counties in western Ontario, the purpose of which is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. The members of the WOWC work collectively to influence federal, provincial and municipal legislative, regulatory and program initiatives through advocacy, research and analysis and education.

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Randy R. Hope, Chair, Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus & Mayor of Chatham-Kent

Don Shropshire, Secretary, Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus & Chief Executive Officer, Chatham-Kent

315 King Street West, PO Box 640, Chatham, ON, N7M 5K8; Phone: 519.360.1998

E-mail: randyhope@chatham-kent.ca; dons@chatham-kent.ca; Website: wowc.ca; Twitter: @wowcinc

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