I will be forthright in saying that I have not been as aggressive on the economic growth or development of our community as I could have been this past term. I didn’t try to hinder it either, but it was my preference to let it grow organically until we had a plan. I struggled with leaping into a new DMO or economic development initiative until we had a grasp on addressing our housing and livability issues. Why invite more people here if we couldn’t house and move around the workforce we have? In trying to partially fill that gap, the new Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce was born and both local and regional transit initiatives are growing. I would be in support of a DMO emerging but the entire business committee needs to come together. From the Economic sector work performed by CBT, affordable housing and a broadband exploration study were the two initiatives that would provide the town with the best immediate result in ensuring our competitiveness when looking to attract tech or knowledge. The Broadband Master Plan as approved in the 2017 budget and work is under way on this initiative. You can read about this project scope here. Housing initiatives are under way as was posted here. In 2018, Canmore council will be tasked with organizing our future economic development path. There will be different models of service delivery to consider. The goal is to hire an economic development professional that will advise and facilitate for the town and business community. It is with renewed energy, I look forward to press on with this kind of work.
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