Chamber of Commerce:
What are your top three priorities for economic development in Lethbridge and how should these be funded?

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Burke

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1. Simplifying small business start up 2. Building a performing arts centre 3. Transit improvement As I already mentioned, simplifying small business start up would save the City money and generate new sources of revenue. Similarily, again, an improved transit system comes from increased ridership. If we were to introduce a U-Pass and a sliding scale user fee system, we could increase ridership, as well as increase revenue. Furthermore, if we can demonstrate the positive impact had on the environment, we may be able to access grants to help subsidize the fees. And a performing arts centre has already been budgeted for in this next budge cycle.

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Burrows-Johnson

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1. Continued municipal support to Economic Development Lethbridge, funded by the city and various grants such as Alberta Innovates 2. Identify and encourage business opportunities related to recycled materials, funded by private investment supported by EDL. 3. Focus on new agricultural crops and related byproducts; funded by private investment supported by EDL

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Campbell

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1. Attracting private businesses from the agricultural and tech world 2. Assist in attracting more researchers for both the Research Centre and the U of L 3. Securing sporting events both national and international along with non-sporting conventions As far as funding, I would propose an economic committee who has the expertise in this world.

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Carlson

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1. Diversification of the economy. By providing excellent opportunities for businesses to move to Lethbridge in a variety of sectors is key. Supporting innovative ventures like TecConnect, continued municipal/Provincial/Federal investment in our industrial parks, and ensuring quality commercial space will be important. 2. Support our Destination Management Plan. Tourism can be an effective economic driver. Funded through combining our current tourism funds under one entity. 3. Airport enhancement. A better functioning/serviced airport will provide a multitude of opportunities/ benefits. Working with our colleagues in the County (who own and operate the airport) will be key.

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Coffman

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My priority for economic development is to ensure that the policies and procedures used at City Hall are not encumbering business development, business growth or new business attraction. How City Hall engages with residents and businesses impacts how we live, and influences the prospects and trials for creating connections and inspiring entrepreneurs. A joint Council-Chamber Committee could be tasked with reviewing business-related processes, permits, licenses and/or regulations. Local growth could be spurred by a policy creating a short-term tax class for businesses that increase their employment through building expansion (surpass a threshold, and maintain it for a period of time).

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Crowson

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My three main priorities for economic development are: - continued promotion of existing businesses and attraction of new ones - growing business incubation ideas for entrepreneurs to keep the best and brightest from our post-secondary institutions in Lethbridge - continued work on the airport in collaboration with the county to support tourism and business travel and to grow the economic impact of the airport Funding would involve private and public investment from all levels of government developed into a sustainable funding model that fits into our city budget.

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Germshied

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Bringing in investors to work with the university and college so as to fund research and development between them, a strong workforce and leading tech companies. Develop the airport to its potential for regional and international flight of product and people. Develope and strengthen tourism to help with arts, and events in the city. We are a city with North south east and west major arteries (highways 2, 3, 4 and 5) we can develop to attract from all compass points.

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Gibb

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My priorities are to push forward with the new performing arts centre, the economic benefits of this are clear. We also need to secure the 72 million dollars in shadow funding to move ahead with the expansion and redevelopment of Exhibition Park. I would reach our to our federal and provincial partners, as well as community groups, to find the funding we need to move forward with that important project. I also believe we need to create an independent airport authority, that is self a self funded private entity, to enhance or airport without direct cost to the taxpayer. All of these projects working together will help secure better economic opportunities for Lethbridge in the future.

B

 

Ginther

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Heavy Head

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1) Enabling small start up businesses to rezone properties perfect for their business is key. Some business owners I've met have sought elsewhere as rezoning in the city is cost prohibitive for them. 2) Infrastructure to accommodate local farmers, such as a textile plant refining hemp products, while encouraging local farmers to produce hemp, creates synergy & jobs. 3) Taxing big box stores within the municipality can likely be achieved. If they're bleeding money out of the local economy they should reciprocate by putting it back in. These initiatives may be achieved at minimal cost to the taxpayer, provided we find the right partners to bring into the city (like Cavendish Farms).

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Hoffarth

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Keep tax rates low to encourage growth in existing local businesses as well as to attract new business and industries to Lethbridge. Review the processes, policies, and procedures as they relate to regulatory practices that govern construction and growth in businesses, and the effects of regulations on the environment of open and fair competition for and between local businesses. Transportation needs to service businesses and industries that are distributed across the city, and workers should be able to rely public transportation to get to their workplaces. Entrepreneurs should be made aware of our educated and creative workforce in conjunction with our centres of higher learning.

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Hyggen

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1. To encourage new business investment in Lethbridge. Techconnect is an incredible organization that helps with keeping our University and College graduates in the community by offering assistance with business start-ups. 2. To encourage expansion of local business in Lethbridge 3. To support the current businesses that support our community Funding of these incentives would come from private investment as well as possible tax incentives.

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Iwaskiw

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The top three priorities are 1) attracting new businesses 2) helping them thrive and 3) keeping them connected. We fund Economic Development Lethbridge and they have thrived in all three areas: 1)They outdid themselves with the Cavendish farms project which will undoubtedly lead to more opportunities down the line 2) Tecconnect is an incubator for new business ventures and a training and mentorship provider for existing businesses and 3) the Intelligent Communities project focusses on strengthening our city's connectivity.

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Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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The City of Lethbridge needs a Convention Centre that can host a dinner / event of more than 1000 people. This multi use space can host a variety of events from conferences, trade shows or sporting events such as national judo or gymnastics competitions. A Convention Centre will be a local job builder with ongoing direct economic development for local businesses as visitors eat, shop, and sleep in Lethbridge.

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Mauro

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It doesn't matter what my priorities are, we have a heavily city funded organization, EDL that is responsible and credited for economic development.

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Mikuliak

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1)Attempt to find a balance in use of CIP between projects that create economic growth, tax generation and job creation alongside projects that relate to city facilities and infrastructure. 2)Continue to create an environment to attract even more agricultural food processing, manufacturing, green innovation and technology firms. Competitive tax rates, utilities and infrastructure serviced land. Collaborate with Provincial and Federal governments. 3)Plan for equivalent economic development around the major projects like a performing arts centre and convention centre. Attract businesses to surround these major centres that create just as much economic development as the cost of the project

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Miyashiro

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1) Intelligent Communities designation will put Lethbridge "on the map" with the most advanced/progressive/connected communities in the world. This recognition will draw high-tech business to Lethbridge and will enhance our reputation as a world class agri-business and agri-processing centre. Funding from community, City of Lethbridge and EDL. This will also require: 2) City-wide Fibre Optic infrastructure. Creating next generation infrastructure enables existing businesses to become more efficient and allows for the development and usage of emerging connected technologies. It also attracts new business that requires this type of infrastructure. Funding from grants, capital budget,

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Morrell

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At the top of my list is affordable housing.  This  could be funded through the creation of new multi-family homes with incentives to the companies tasked with building them.   Secondly, keeping local talent local.  While we have fantastic post-secondary schools here, many students leave because we don't have a great labour market in Lethbridge.  Keeping residents here would create an influx of labour, which in turn would boost our economy. Thirdly, we need a way to entice businesses to move to Lethbridge.  This again would be a boost for both the labour market and the economy as a whole.

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Paladino

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1) Attract more industrial/commercial development. 2) An airport with much better service is needed. I will use my contacts at Lethbridge County to work on a new governance model. 3)The City must continue to support EDL in order to pursue & attract more business to locate here.

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Parker

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1- Maintain a competitive mill rate for commercial land. This will be funded by policy of City Council. 2- Make sure that the proper infrastructure is in place to allow for commercial growth. This will be funded in combination with municipal funds, with provincial and federal funds. 3- Allow for responsible commercial growth opportunities throughout our community (north, south and west). This will be funded though the private sector but allowed for through the Land Use By-Law.

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PEREVERSEFF

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1- The development must be complimentary to existing development in the immediate area. 2- The development should be environmentally friendly with encouraged alternate energy sources being utilized. 3- The City should promote Lethbridge in the local, national and International market as a viable and welcoming place to foster economic development. Reasonable funding from Municipal revenue sustained through a variety of sectors including Economic Development Lethbridge.

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Pogorzelski

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1. Youth/Student employment programs to attract and maintain our talented young people. - U of L, municipal tax breaks 2. Tourism and services economy - Creating 1 single entity (combing Chinook tourism and visit Lethbridge) to focus on bring people to Lethbridge 3. A framework for Aboriginal economic prosperity, developed in conjunction with Aboriginal Affairs - federal/provincial grants to entrepreneurs with the support of council

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Saloff

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The city of Lethbridge needs a 3rd Bridge, we need to bridge the gap of almost 40, 000 residents on the west side, and 60, 000 across the river. There needs to be a partnership with the province and the city in how to achieve this.

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Shackleford

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City should create spaces for start up business and have "incubator spaces" available for new businesses to start. A "Small business Advisory Council" to counsel the Mayor and council members on issues related to small business anywhere in our city. Regulations should be designed to help small business open safely and quickly when it comes to zoning,permits and licensing issues. Continue with a culture of supporting small business (First Friday) is essential. I believe their are grants available at many levels of government to help young entrepreneurs get started and should be encouraged to do so.

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Spearman

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1. Attracting new businesses to locate in Lethbridge 2. Encouraging existing businesses to expand 3. Providing supports for new business ideas and startups These activities are best supported by providing funding to Economic Development Lethbridge who leverage core funding to obtain additional funding from external sources to maximize the impact of the dollars provided.

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Takahashi

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1) Building an inclusive and accessible city to attract and retain employers and employees (transit, cycling, housing, art & rec, social services.) 2) Campaigning green energy businesses to set up shop in our city. 3) Working with small businesses and the Chamber to find innovative ways to support and encourage our entrepreneurs. Again a combination of CIP, taxes, and grants. Adding to that council campaigning to meet these goals.

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Thurber

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- Continued pursuit of having businesses move to Lethbridge to build of employment base and job creation. - Create opportunities for a educated young professionals to remain in Lethbridge after post secondary education. - grow the entrepreneurial spirit in our youth so they remain and grow our community. Funding for these should be through partnerships with business and our educational institutes.

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Watson

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My top three priorities are: 1) encourage professional youth/student development and retention, 2) continue to expand diversification of business types, and 3) encourage the development of small businesses. These can be funded through multiple opportunities, such as taxes, private grants and investments, and encouraging external organizations to fundraise to achieve their goals.

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Wiggers

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To continue to attract new & diverse businesses in order to retain & attract young talent and thus further grow and develop our city. To provide a place for meetings, conferences and events to impress on the world around that Lethbridge is a progressive place to do business. To make Lethbridge a functional and livable place to call home. This should continue to be supported by funding Economic Development Lethbridge.

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Woss

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Diversify our economy with renewable energy and related jobs. (fund using P3) Provide competitive tax incentives to draw new business to Lethbridge. (City funded) Stimulate development of dense, vibrant, mixed use neighbourhoods that are a mix of offices, residences, coffee shops etc. which are accessible without car dependency to a diversity of users (e.g. children, youth, seniors, all income levels, etc.) which is well used round-the-clock, all days of the week, and during all seasons and which allows for the effective functioning of all types of business, social and cultural activities with very low inputs of energy for transportation and logistics, thus increasing the viability of these