With City Council’s proclamation to make Saskatoon the most business friendly city by 2006, it has sent one of many messages required to attract and retain a variety of people wanting to expand the economic activity here. This will include everyone from one person/home-based business to corporations with hundreds of employees. I am eagerly waiting for the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron to become fully operational and realize the positive impact of specialized research. Biotechnology; mining; and (value added) agriculture and forestry surround us and provide enormous potential for processing and export. Is the city infrastructure ready to handle this growth?

My belief of good governance is getting back to basics of provision of a suitable climate to live and work in. Properly planned areas of development to live in that do not conflict with areas to work in (ie industrial) have been touted as successes when talking to employers from other cities wanting to know why they should move their company here. Short commutes—the provision of good roads and sidewalks; clean water. A reliable power grid with quality electricity; competitively priced utilities, a safe community, public transportation, police and fire/protective services, timely snow removal, mosquito control; these are all very basic and necessary items that when taken for granted can fragment the core services of the most dynamic city.

A focus on doing essential services well allows the creation of jobs to follow, as not only the new investment will hire our citizens, the need to expand essential (core) services will increase as well.

With greater economic investment, we increase the number of taxpayers, and when you collect from more - we pay less in taxes.