We need to keep our local economy strong...
A strong economy affords us the opportunity to pay for the things we need to use our city and enjoy our city. Lots of places are looking for businesses to grow, so we need to define ourselves by focusing on our strengths and marketing those strengths to the local and global business communities.
Let's make sure we use flexible and creative zoning that keeps our business and building opportunities growing. Reduce the red tape, streamline our permitting system, make sure we are tax competitive and lastly, be willing to say,"YES" when the opportunities present themselves.
We should explore more joint partnerships with business and our neighbours at Tk'kemlups te Secwepemc, they have the land. Let's form a city business corporation and pursue the Inland Port. We could locate it along Hwy5, beside CN station, call it Kamport and go completely electric for the equipment and market that to clients. We could partner with our neighbour to make this happen. We would both benefit from this project for decades to come.
We have to look at building a multipurpose convention centre. Inquiries and stats show we need one. I believe we can come up of a strong economic plan that would support the idea and make this happen.
In summary, we need to have strong economy to pay for everything that makes our city work. I believe our opportunities are endless if we are willing to be innovative, creative and we are active in pursuing our economic goals.