Without question, the City of Mississauga's management style can be of benefit to homeowners. The milestones achieved by the city's management have had a direct effect on those living in Mississauga. It is one of the most desirable cities in the country to live in and Canada's fastest growing city. But it is not done yet. It has a clear plan for its future as evidenced by its strategic document Our Future Mississauga (www.mississauga.ca). You will see why it is a great place to buy a home.
Mississauga's vision is far from vague and cliche: "Mississauga will inspire the world as a dynamic and beautiful global city for creativity and innovation, with vibrant safe and connected communities; where we celebrate the rich diversity of our cultures, our historic villages, Lake Ontario and the Credit River Valley. A place where people choose to be." And as seen in their strategic plan on the city website they are committed to action.
Management experts all around claim that strategy 'execution' is a key to an organization's success. And Mississauga scores well here, making the strategy actionable by establishing goals that drive their vision, while setting clear performance indicators to measure successful attainment of those goals. They have chosen five pillars to support the vision: 1) "move" (developing a transit-oriented city), 2) "belong" (a thriving community for youth, older adults and immigrants), 3) "connect" (completing neighbourhoods), 4) "prosper" (creative and innovative business climate), and 5) "green" (environmentally friendly living). Within each pillar they chart "indicators of progress". The goals are not created randomly and there is clear line-of-sight right from the vision down to specifics. For example, their "move" pillar states: "We will make Mississauga less car-dependent by doubling current transit ridership, and matching the increase in active modes of transportation".
Review the document yourself at www.ourfuturemississauga.ca. If you are considering purchasing a home in the Greater Toronto Area then consider Mississauga, a city with high standards of livability, a proven track record in its achievement and a clear vision of continuing the trend.