Biography of the Mayor
The youngest Mayor in the history of the City of Windsor, Eddie Francis was first elected Mayor in November 2003, and since then, he and City Council have achieved a record of ambitious accomplishments.
Windsor's downtown has been and continues to be revitalized. The establishment of new downtown campuses for St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, the Windsor International Transit Terminal, and the Family Aquatic Centre, complement a major expansion of the first ever Canadian Caesars property. Caesars Windsor is Ontario's third largest convention centre which includes a 5,000 seat coliseum and a 400-plus-room hotel tower.
Financially, Windsor is back on the right track.
Mayor Francis was elected on a promise of fiscal reform, and Windsor's long-term debt has been slashed from a projected $370 million in 2004 to $115 million today. It will be further cut to $95 million by 2016. Additionally, property taxes have been reduced or held constant in each of the last five years and in six of the last eight. This has resulted in a total property tax levy for 2013 that is $5.3 million lower than in 2006.
In response to the global recession, Mayor Francis introduced a $646 million capitol infrastructure plan - the largest in Windsor's history. This aggressive plan will transform our neighbourhoods and our transportation networks, including Windsor International Airport (YQG), building a modern, competitive city for commerce and job creation.
Under the Mayor's leadership, City Council commissioned a ground-breaking report which assessed and promoted the need for new inter-modal transportation systems and border crossings that are fully integrated with trade routes across North America and beyond. This report laid the foundation for the future new border crossing and highway connection, and it resulted in increasing the original $300 million at-grade highway connection to a $1.8 billion roadway and a new bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit.
Before his election, Eddie Francis ran a very successful small family business with his brothers. He was awarded the Windsor Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Eddie graduated with a combined undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He went on to graduate from the University of Windsor Law School, completed his articles with international law firm Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, and was called to the Bar in 2002. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Eddie Francis is married to Dr. Michelle Prince, a Doctor of Chiropractic who has a family wellness practice in Windsor. They have two children, daughter Sienna and son Phoenix.
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P.O. Box 1607
Phone: (519) 255-6315
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