"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 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.
- 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.
- 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.