Positive change begins with thinking collaboratively together - the City and the community. Every conversation could begin with “Yes, we can. Let’s explore your ideas together.”

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I will work to improve the tree and urban forest policies, in order to be more responsive to tree replacement expectations and climate change pressures.

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I will continue to work to introduce programs that support developers who provide needed amenities within the city's core and surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Skateparks, spray parks and other social amenities are important to the health of our community and our youth, and must be supported.

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The community needs to work together to envision and plan for a future concert hall and civic arts space.

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I will work toward the expansion of the park system, particularly in areas with flooding risk.

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I will continue to work with Red Deer College in their efforts to gain degree granting and to further enhance their downtown campus.

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The Red Deer Regional Airport is primary to establishing a diversified economy. Expanded services must be invited and supported.

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I will continue to advocate for better transit frequency and routes within the city and region.

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I will continue to advocate for green energy use, and waste to energy strategies. We need to district energy production to create financial sustainability.

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The health of a city can be determined by examining its downtown. Through revitalization and focused effort we create a compelling heart for the community that will be a gift that everyone can be proud to share.

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I will continue to work to find ways of highlighting community priorities that provide better services for our taxes, while minimizing civic debt.

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A 1% tax increase equates to $20 per home owner annually. When we understand the community's values and carefully listen we can minimize taxes and use what is collected in a way that improves quality of life for all.

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By shifting City policy and working innovatively with the property owners we can turn brownfield sites and abandoned buildings into valuable community assets.

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Dead trees on city owned boulevards and streets should be replaced within one season.

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Utility bills should be based solely on consumption. The less you use the less you pay.

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Arts & culture lead to healthy economies and vibrant cities. As we thoughtfully help our community design and create amenities we attract new investment in Red Deer.

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People-centric projects enhance the quality of life and lead to economic stability. Careful consultation with the community can help the City with annual planning and budgeting. The most important projects should always come first.

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I support the planning and construction of a 50 meter pool as envisioned by the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre supporters.

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Alive and on the move.

I lay awake thinking about the future of our community, the challenges we face, and the tremendous possibilities in front of us.  I wonder how our community will organize itself during the next couple of months, how citizens will take the time to get to know the many candidates that are running for council and for mayor.  I recently attended the potential candidate members out of curiosity and to introduce myself to those seeking office.  There was a lot of excitement and hope in the room.  Indeed campaign season can be an exciting time as citizens ask their questions, work for change, try to understand the motives of the candidates for running, and decide who will listen to them and help them realize their dreams for their community.

It feels more now than ever before that living in Red Deer we are witnessing and deeply experiencing a city that is on the midst of monumental change.  We’re no longer that little bedroom community we once were.  Citizens today are looking for all of the amenities and perks of big cities.

The conversation about revitalizing the city centre has produced much needed change.  The renaissance of our city centre is spurring new business development, spotlighting the downtown housing shortage, and inviting new residential, independent retail, and food service.

A growing vocal and well organized group of citizens are actively speaking up for a world class aquatics centre that can host national and international competition that will put us on the map.  I believe that energy around this idea will grow until their vision is achieved.  Imagine what a difference it could make for our athletes and coaches, the economy, industry, and for tourism.  This conversation will continue as plans progress to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games, which will see upgrades and investments in many other facilities.  The legacy that this will create for us will be so worth the effort.

At the same time, the need for a bigger concert hall and performing arts space is becoming more and more evident.  The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra sells out every concert and seasons tickets are nearly impossible to obtain.  Voices advocating that need are more and more frequent.  I expect to see an organized campaign in coming months.

There is a major community discussion and effort underway for Red Deer College to become a university, the expansion of their downtown campus, and the construction of new athletics facilities.  Imagine what will change in the next few years as this dream and vision unfold for our community.

And we can’t forget the airport.  Expansion plans are starting to be talked about.  Red Deer Regional is the busiest regional airport in Canada, and becoming more active every month.  The addition to regularly scheduled service and now check-through security,  possibilities that haven’t existed before are opening up. It’s enabling new business that can take advantage of our Central location in Alberta to establish operations.  The influence on local economic diversification is fostering stability that will serve us well in the future.

Then there are conversations of a year round public market in Riverlands, libraries, new housing and cultural spaces, better neighbourhoods, improving transit service, better pedestrian connections, expanding the park system, and hosting many great events and festivals.

As you consider what is being discussed in our community it’s going to take people in office and City administration who will help these efforts along in a way that serves everyone – people that can work from a position of ‘yes’ and let’s work together.  Now is not the time for ideology or ‘squelchers’, as Jane Jacobs use to say.  We need everyone’s best wisdom.

If I imagine myself out there four years from now with a great team working on your behalf, it’s incredible the change that has occurred, the way the community as worked together – been bold, organized and forward looking.  We’ve taken our ‘can do’ attitude to a new level.  There is an immense pride in what truly is the best community in Alberta.  We’re on the map in every sense of the word.  We’re the best place to locate for business, raising kids, retiring, travel, and being close to nature.  The best place to host sports competitions.  The best place for conferences.  Culture is thriving.  Our airport is busy.  The restaurants are outstanding.  Retail is interesting and diverse.  We’re a city that every visitor raves about with enthusiasm.  This community is alive and on the move in a bold and life-giving way.

 

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