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Work with the pub­lic and pri­vate col­leges to help of­fer more pro­grams and course of­fer­ings.

Work with parks and recre­ation to en­sure that our fa­cil­i­ties such as the sta­di­ums are avail­able for con­ven­tions and po­ten­tial hockey and fig­ure skat­ing schools.

Work to­ward mak­ing Grand Falls-Windsor an en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre for spe­cial events by uti­liz­ing Cen­ten­nial Field and Church Road Park.

Work to­wards im­prov­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Main Street, High Street and Cromer Av­enue.

In­vite more in­volve­ment of lo­cal res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vol­un­teer groups by hav­ing them in­volved in the process of help­ing the town grow both so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally.

Sup­port the com­ple­tion of an au­dit of all town de­part­ments to en­sure that rules and reg­u­la­tions are fol­lowed fairly for ev­ery­one.

Work to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the river­front to at­tract busi­nesses and build and grow a sus­tain­able tourism sec­tor.

Work with other town coun­cils to help de­velop the re­gion so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally.

Work with lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies to re­duce the amount of drugs that are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly avail­able within the town.

Work with lo­cal law en­force­ment to re­duce the num­ber of ATV’s that are il­le­gally run­ning the streets.

Mark Whif­fen

My vi­sion for Grand Fall­sWind­sor in­cludes build­ing a more self-re­liant eco­nomic base, and an econ­omy that cre­ates jobs, to en­sure our town is able to sup­port and sus­tain the pro­grams and ser­vices that are avail­able.

This will at­tract new res­i­dents to grow our pop­u­la­tion and set the con­di­tions to make young fam­i­lies want to live here. It will also al­low us to bet­ter sup­port and take care of our se­niors.

Over the last 10 years we have lost some ma­jor em­ploy­ers in our area, but we have to look at our lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­am­ine how we can cap­i­tal­ize on them to cre­ate eco­nomic growth, par­tic­u­larly in the pri­vate sec­tor.

This is where my ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment is ben­e­fi­cial.

My cam­paign will fo­cus on four key pil­lars: eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, neigh­bour­hood com­mu­ni­ties, fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, and pub­lic en­gage­ment.

We build it by fo­cus­ing on four key in­dus­tries: tourism, tech­nol­ogy and knowl­edge­based in­dus­tries, busi­ness of health care, and re­source de­vel­op­ment.

By fo­cus­ing on build­ing these in­dus­tries we en­sure Grand Falls-Windsor has a di­ver­si­fied econ­omy not re­liant on a sin­gle in­dus­try.

It makes our town an at­trac­tive place for young peo­ple to study, to move here, and raise fam­i­lies here be­cause of the op­por­tu­ni­ties. This fur­ther at­tracts re­tail and other spin-off op­por­tu­nity. This ad­dresses con­cerns of an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion by cre­at­ing a re­li­able tax base of young work­ers and en­trepreneurs to pro­vide pro­grams and ser­vices at sus­tain­able lev­els for ev­ery­one.

You can read more at www. mark­whif­fen.ca.

Tom Pin­sent

Mark Whif­fen

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