At just 53 years old, Mayor Jim Diodati is a loving and devoted father of three children – Olivia, Mya, and Jimmy Jr. They are also proud owners of Charlie, the family dog, a Golden Doodle mix!
Combining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario with business acumen and determination, Jim owned and operated successful businesses in the food distribution and health and wellness fields for over 20 years.
Mayor Diodati’s business background, seven years’ service as a City Councillor and eight years as Mayor, have equipped him with the knowledge, experience and vision needed to continue to lead our City forward.
In the last four years, under Mayor Diodati’s leadership, the City of Niagara Falls has accomplished the following:
Property Taxes, Water Bills and Debt Reduction
Lowered this year’s property tax increase to below the rate of inflation and water bill rate increase to zero percent. The City has also reduced its debt by $14 Million over the last four years.
Roads, Water and Sewer Infrastructure
Invested $50 Million over the last four years in infrastructure improvements – a record amount! This figure includes $9.5 Million in Chippawa to upgrade sewer, drainage and water services.
OLG (Casino) Hosting Agreement
Senior City Staff and Mayor Diodati successfully renegotiated this Agreement, which has increased the City’s OLG (Casino gaming) revenues from $3M to $25 Million per year. So far, the City has received over $100 Million from the renegotiated increase. The City is now 10 years ahead in infrastructure renewal because of these additional OLG dollars.
Thorold Stone Road Extension
This crucial extension to the Gale Centre is complete. The City is now working with the Niagara Region to continue the extension to Victoria Avenue, which will improve traffic flow.
Quality of Life
The city has upgraded 20 neighbourhood parks and playgrounds in the last two years and forever preserved the 110-acre Fireman’s Park.
The City installed exercise equipment on the Lions Legacy portion of the Millenium Trail.
With construction nearly complete, the Millenium Trail will be open across the entire city north to south. The City has opened two, off-leash dog parks with another coming soon in the South End!
City Council passed a motion that “would replace every tree removed with 2 or 3 new trees” to ensure Niagara Falls maintains a full canopy of trees across the city. This initiative awaits implementation.
Council agreed to build a new Farmer’s Market and Cultural Hub at the current Sylvia Place site that will help the artistic and cultural communities in Niagara Falls grow and flourish. It will also help revitalize the Main & Ferry business district.
The City converted all city street lights to brighter and more efficient LED lighting, saving the city money. The City has been designated a BEE City and introduced the establishment of pollinator gardens.
Secured a new 5,000-seat theatre that will bring the best entertainment to our city for the enjoyment of tourists and locals, alike!
On a More Personal Level…
Jim created the fundraiser known as Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap, which to date has raised over $1.8 Million for local charities; and participated in the Ten Men in a Tent charity fundraisers that contributed over $500,000 to Project SHARE in Niagara Falls.