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"You cannot build a liveable community without building a strong local economy. I am committed to developing a thriving local economy in New Westminster."

-Jonathan Cote

Jonathan will build a strong local economy by:

  • Protecting and preserving commercial and industrial lands in New Westminster.
  • Providing the infrastructure needed to attract and retain the businesses of the future.
  • Encouraging the development of a vibrant and diverse retail sector.

Expanding the Present

  • Provide multi-channel opportunities for business to provide regular feedback on civic priorities and to address concerns and support growth within our city. AnvilCentre.jpg
  • Streamline and prioritize development applications for employment generating developments.
  • Work with Metro Vancouver to create an economic development plan that encourages collaboration, data collection, research, and networking throughout the region. 
  • Work with business associations to provide support and incentives to improve the storefronts on commercial streets.
  • Encourage more diverse retail environments to discourage residents from leaving the city to do their shopping in other communities.
  • Work with the Economic Development department to create an enhanced communication plan that focuses on New Westminster’s competitive business advantages such as a dense walkable city, central location and transit accessibility. 
  • Partner with business associations to expand, enhance and promote "shop local" programs.
  • Share city data and information that would assist businesses.

Building the Future

  • Prioritize the development of commercial office space in Urban Centres (Uptown & Downtown) and other locations near rapid transit. 
  • Develop an incentive program to encourage more office and employment generating development. These incentives could include bonus density, reduced development fees, and a streamlined development process.retail.jpg
  • Focus economic development strategies on attracting the knowledge based workforce such as law firms, accounting, education, health offices and sub-regional financial offices. 
  • Invest in broadband infrastructure to attract high tech businesses and the knowledge-based economy.
  • Partner with the school district and community organizations to ensure residents of all ages have access to the digital economy through programs, policies and services. 
  • Explore opportunities to provide tax incentives to restore and protect heritage buildings in our commercial district.

 

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