Economic Growth & Vitality Plan
There are many important factors that lead to a strong, resilient and growing economy. As a ward, St. Norbert-Seine River has varying degrees of influence and control over the drivers of economic vitality.
A strong employment base and the economic activity generated by the universities, colleges, and provincial and federal governments are important to the economy in Winnipeg. It is important to leverage this position as the capital and centre for higher education to build a growing, diverse, resilient and prosperous business community.
My Economic Growth and Vitality plan focuses on developing and attracting businesses in high value knowledge-based priority sectors, such as information and communications technologies, biosciences, engineering, education & research, arts & culture, and aerospace & defense. It is important to stimulate a growing and skilled labour pool that powers innovation and commercialization. In turn, commercialization of new businesses stimulates a growing labour market.
Creating an economic ecosystem that supports innovation and commercialization and provides business support and development is beyond what the municipality can accomplish by itself. These are areas where strong partnerships and collaboration are needed.
My Economic Growth and Vitality strategy centers on its ability to create a desirable place that is attractive to a talented and skilled labour pool and new business investment. As your councillor for St. Norbert-Seine River, I would have a direct role to play in creating a desirable place by ensuring appropriate investment in municipal infrastructure and providing amenities that are sustainable and affordable.
BUSINESS SUPPORT, DEVELOPMENT, AND ATTRACTION
Support and development for existing and new businesses across all sectors are important. Access to business planning, mentorship and networking are vital to local businesses wanting to start and grow, and for entrepreneurs wanting to locate in St Norbert-Seine River to launch and grow their businesses.
PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS AND PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PUBLIC ENTITIES
In specific project areas where private sector companies cannot facilitate business development on their own, the city and the private sector must cooperate to identify what gaps exists in specific sectors and what barriers to economic development are present.
GROWTH SECTOR ATTRACTION & INVESTMENT
A team approach to respond to new opportunities/challenges to keep businesses/locate them in St Norbert-Seine River.
Specific/direct efforts to ensure ideas can become services/products. This includes partnerships with our educational institutions –U of M, U of W and RRC etc. to foster information flow and develop strategies.
PLACES FOR CLUSTERS AND INNOVATION
Availability of real estate and options, and physical spaces for new companies to pop up, work with other entrepreneurs, coaches and mentors and develop their business models is important for innovation and commercialization.
Initiatives should ensure the livability of the community is at the forefront and is designed to make St Norbert-Seine River the right choice for business and talent.
Facilitate strategic infrastructure investment planning, development and improvement initiatives (physical, green and IT) that recognize and enhance the critical components of the city’s infrastructure, which directly impacts our economic potential and does not put undue burden on the tax rate.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Ensure community planning properly considers the economic impact of policy change. Initiatives should coordinate development approvals, changes in zoning regulations, Land Use Plans, Secondary Planning, and Neighbourhood Plans in a manner that factors in the economic impact of policy and rule changes.
SUSTAINABLE COST OF LIVING
A sustainable cost of living coupled with a dynamic culture that make the St Norbert-Seine River an attractive place to live enables businesses to recruit and maintain a healthy and stable work force.