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Jeff Lehman
Most Creative People 2019

Jeff Lehman

Mayor, Barrie, Ontario | Barrie, Ontario

For rethinking the Rust Belt
Most Creative People

In fall 2018, Lehman was elected to his third term as mayor of Barrie, a city of 140,000 an hour outside Toronto. A “socially progressive, fiscally conservative” former urban planner, Lehman has successfully grown the local economy—enacting polices to attract and retain advanced manufacturers and other employers who set a record for industrial building permits in 2018—and improving social services through a range of innovative public-private partnerships. As part of a “housing first” policy for new development adopted in early 2018, the city worked with nonprofits to fund the conversion of an old motel to supported housing for people with mental health and addiction issues; a community paramedicine program that Lehman championed, which deploys emergency responders to make home visits to seniors in their downtime, led to a 75% reduction in 911 calls and a 76% drop in ER visits among frequent users. In his current term, Lehman aims to expand partnerships that engage local technologists in solving civic problems, and to launch social impact bonds to fund community health and housing programs.

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