This is a response to a letter appearing in the Townsman.
Thanks to Mr. Matheson for his October 6th letter regarding my article, which clearly stated that I was addressing one of the Four Pillars (Social Wellbeing) of the community’s Cranbrook Connected document, as experienced through my volunteerism.
Here’s a brief comment on my work on another Pillar - the Economy:
- Active recruitment of physicians creating an environment for people to relocate here
- Attend Downtown Business Association, and Chamber meetings to stay informed on issues and ideas; attended webinar on economic recovery after a storm event
- Actively pursuing a greenhouse industry for a secure, local food source, and employment opportunities
- Supported the downtown business revitalization tax exemption bylaw
- Support local Arts & Cultural events, which contributed $50B to the Canadian GDP in 2009
- Support Rails to Trails/Gran Fondo/Orienteering events, and Trans Canada Trails, which boost our local economy. Sports contributed $4.8B to the Canadian GDP in 2009.
This Council has created an ‘open for business’ climate demonstrated through:
- Business licenses issued in 2013 = 69; 2014 = 98
- Building permits. Total new construction in 2013 = $8,569,207; in 2014 = $27,941,888
- Single family dwellings real estate sales in 2013 = 132; in 2014 = 177 (increase of 34%).
I was a past member of Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook. “CLC provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.”
It’s important to deal with facts. People are welcome to phone me at 250-489-4412 for clarification on any matter.
Sharon Cross, Councillor
City of Cranbrook