A Platform for Success
GROW OUR COMMUNITY
As Mayor of Chatham-Kent, I will:
- Launch my Transformation CK Economic Strategy, which will include the following tasks:
• Within the first 100 days create a Transformation CK Business Advisory Team to help understand the key issues our business community is facing and what CK can do to help them grow. I will propose reallocating municipal resources to solely support this Team, and I will be personally involved in this initiative. Our local business owners and entrepreneurs can offer a wealth of insight into how CK can improve its position as a location of choice for business.
• Design and implement a strategy to attract investment from business outside of Chatham-Kent that will bring jobs and help grow our economy and population base. This will not mean going to China but could mean going to Detroit-Windsor, Waterloo, GTA, Chicago, etc. Through my extensive network of contacts across Canada, I will speak with municipal, provincial and federal leaders, Chambers of Commerce, and Economic Development teams across the country to find best practices and partnership and investment opportunities.
• Look for opportunities for improved efficiency to reduce our high tax rates. Lower tax rates will help attract investment and people.
- Work with Provincial and Federal partners to ensure Chatham-Kent is appropriately considered for investment and support when opportunities or issues arise. These are key partners and the current Mayor has not formed effective relationships here. I already have many of these relationships well established. This is not just about funding but also about partnerships and advocacy.
- Support and promote CK to the Power of Y committee (a newly-formed group to engage young professionals) to encourage attraction and retention of the 20–39 year age group.
- Re-establish positive working relationships with our two post-secondary institutions to help increase enrollment, explore expansion opportunities, offer lifelong education options to all residents, build constructive relationships with residents and students, and attract and retain young professionals.
- Review Arts, Culture & Tourism master plans to revitalize municipal-community collaboration relating to these crucial economic development drivers.