I moved to Grand Forks in 2004, leaving the hustle and bustle of big city life behind. I love the quite, peaceful lifestyle, friendly people and slower pace, but I’m deeply concerned about not only the lack of growth, but the negative growth within our community.
In order for any community to flourish it requires a strong economy, whether it be agricultural, retail, or industrial.
I am a strong supporter of buying locally. Statistics show that for every $1 spent in Grand Forks, $.80 stays in Grand Forks; providing employment for you, me, your family, and neighbours. Unfortunately, we are not a self sustaining community with all of the products and services necessary to eliminate the need for out of town, or over the border shopping.
My past 10 years were spent working at the Gazette where I had the pleasure of meeting many of the business owners in the boundary. I’ve seen businesses thrive while others have closed, and I’ve listened to many of your concerns. I am also a past retail owner, so I have a good comprehension of the trials and tribulations of the small business owner during an economic downturn. A strong economy benefits us all.
My goal is to help promote economic growth by working with a team that is committed to business recruitment; encouraging a wide variety of shops, services and new clean industry.
We require an attractive, fully serviced community in order to entice potential new employers. I believe our current administration has made positive steps towards that goal and I would like the opportunity to work on a winning team to help our community flourish.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am extremely hardworking, dedicated, and determined. I can’t make any promises, but if elected, I will humbly do my best to serve our great city.