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By the new century, Stratford’s economy was a three-legged stool, with automotive and related manufacturing at the south end of the city closest to the US border, agriculture in the north, and culture – represented by the Festival – in the center. But the long-term stability of that stool was in question. In 1997, Stratford’s leadership began conducting a visioning exercise to chart a new economic direction, and published the results as “Community Vision 2010.” It turned out that “Community Vision 2010” was well-named. For 2010 was the year in which many different development efforts began to pay off.