February 27, 2003

Halifax the Focus of New Magazine

(HALIFAX, February 27, 2003) - What do the following have in common? North American continental security concerns, the fate of a former DND base at Shearwater, cleaning up Halifax Harbour and filling it with ships, heritage preservation, bicycle paths, air cargo, mental health services, the offshore, spectator sports, and immigration.

All are pieces of the puzzle of how to develop Halifax over the next 10 years.

On February 27, Progress Corp. launches Progress Halifax, the Next City Magazine, a specialty publication that looks at the issues and the people that will determine the future Halifax - Canada's Smart City. This is the first in an annual series of regional urban magazines that Progress Corp. will launch in 2003 and 2004. Other publications are planned for Moncton and St. John's.

"As the hub of Atlantic Canada, Halifax is leading the charge in creating a growth agenda and stakeholders are coming together to find common ground," says David Holt, editor of Progress magazine. "The time is right to launch a series of business magazines that look at how our larger centres are changing. Where are the opportunities? How much can they control their own destiny? Halifax is the logical place to start."

Stephen Dempsey, president and CEO of the Greater Halifax Partnership, feels the publication captures the drive, growth and momentum of Halifax as an international, progressive and dynamic city. "Progress Halifax is a clear indication of the high level of confidence we have about the future of this great city," says Dempsey. "As a leading publisher in our community and an investor in the Greater Halifax Partnership, Progress Corp. fundamentally understands the nature of the market and is leading the discussions about the future of Greater Halifax."

Progress Halifax features unique profiles of 15 "accelerators," individuals whose vision and passion will shape key sectors of the urban economy. Notable community leaders such as Don Mills, Reg Milley, Stephen Dempsey, Stephen Lund, Karen Oldfield, Jim Spatz, Janice Stairs, and Chris Wilcox offer their perspectives on the issues.

Writer Merle MacIsaac wrestles with city planning in his feature, "Five Big Ideas for the Halifax We Want." MacIsaac challenges Haligonians to identify what they value most about their community, and he is willing to get the debate started by identifying five core planning themes that mean a lot to him.

In an exclusive essay, consultant Michael J. MacDonald writes that the U.S. and Canadian governments have put Halifax squarely on their radar screens as post 9/11 continental security rises on the agenda. This leaves a certain window of opportunity for stakeholders in the HRM to come together to propose a development plan for Shearwater that satisfies both government and commercial interests.

Progress Corp. - publishers of Progress Magazine, Atlantic Chamber Journal, and Nova Scotia: Open to the World - is based in Halifax. Progress Magazine, the company's flagship publication, is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2003.

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the private sector led organization responsible for the economic growth of Greater Halifax. Its priority is to grow existing businesses while attracting new investment to the area. The Greater Halifax Partnership has an extensive network of investors that includes 115 local, national and international businesses and all three levels of government working together to grow the economy of Greater Halifax.

« Back