Tillsonburg to participate in 2024 ROMA Conference

The Town of Tillsonburg will attend the 2024 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference from January 21 to 23 in Toronto. Mayor Deb Gilvesy, Deputy Mayor Dave Beres and Councillor Kelly Spencer will represent the Tillsonburg at the annual event, along with CAO Kyle Pratt.

The 2024 conference, themed, Closer to Home, provides rural municipal leaders the opportunity to address policy issues and funding concerns, as well as meet directly with Provincial Ministers on local issues. Topics on Tillsonburg’s agenda include concerns related to infrastructure, energy supply and transportation capacity, as well as expanded access to health care.

“As a growing community, we’re facing a number of challenges directly related to population growth and are in need of Provincial support to address them,” says Mayor Deb Gilvesy. “ROMA provides us with an opportunity to share these concerns with the Province and advocate for our citizens.”

Tillsonburg is scheduled to meet with a variety of provincial representatives during the conference including the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

More specifically, the Town will discuss the need for improved electrical transmission and supply, potential roadway improvements (including a potential widening of Highway 3), and seek support for a nurse practitioner-led clinic.

“ROMA provides an opportunity to learn from our peers and dialogue on important  municipal issues,” adds CAO Kyle Pratt. “We’re looking forward to a busy couple of days and some very productive conversations.”

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