Toronto, ON., August 15, 2000. The Town of Goderich has won one of two Plaque Awards as part of the annual Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards.
The P.J. Marshall Awards recognizes the high level of innovative achievement demonstrated by the Goderich Harbour public/private partnership. 

The Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, more cost effective ways of providing public services and facilities.

"These awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity of Ontario's municipalities as they strive to deliver increasingly efficient, effective municipal services," said Michael Power, President of AMO.  "The winning projects are providing real benefits to local communities - from cost savings, to service improvements, to job creation."

In 1999, the Town of Goderich formed a public/private partnership with Sifto Canada Inc., a major salt company, to purchase the local port which was being divested by the federal government. The partnership was developed with a joint goal of lowering user fees for the private sector, and benefitting the ratepayers of the Town of Goderich.  Today, these goals have been achieved, along with a more competitive private sector and significant economic benefits for the Town of Goderich, as well as increased pride in the harbour area. 

"It is often the case that senior levels of government divest their interests in federal and provincial assets," said Power, "As local governments are faced with this reality, the Goderich partnership can be a useful model."  Power further stated that it is a longstanding tradition for municipalities to share ideas and learn from each other.

Five municipalities won the 2000 Marshall Awards, which included two plaques and three certificates of merit. The Awards were presented on August 15, at AMO=s annual conference held at the Ottawa Congress Centre in Ottawa from August 13 to August 16. More than 1,700 municipal politicians and staff attended the conference. The awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Association of Municipal Administrators, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario's population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. 

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