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LEADERSHIP IS NECESSARY IN PEACE BRIDGE PROCESS

The proposed bridge at the international corridor, if built, can advance the Niagara Region as a primary North American nexus for world trade. There are now two competing projects: The Peace Bridge Authority has $100 million to expand and enhance the Peace Bridge and the Ambassador Niagara Group has $300 million to build a trade bridge with adjacent freight distribution facilities.

When the two projects are joined as a unified bridge system, the Peace Bridge free of freighters is given back to the people for passenger, pedestrian and bicycle travel. Trucks separated from travelers are processed in world-class facilities dedicated to world trade.

Missing still is leadership and commitment from Ottawa and Washington. International trade and tourism are federal matters. Northern and southern connectors to the world trade supply line are federal obligations long overdue.

Meanwhile, a true public-private partnership at the local level can renew the Peace Bridge, build the trade bridge and show the world what partners can accomplish when common business sense and purpose combine for the common good.

John Cotter

East Aurora

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