From Bas Stevens. Who is truly “running” Abbotsford? It is the half dozen or so so-called “power brokers” in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce. In most instances, in my opinion, Bruce Banman and Council are being “fed” by a couple of the bureaucrats at city hall who are in concert with the “Abbotsford power brokers” and the Chamber of Commerce under Mike Welte, President.
Business drives business and not City Hall or the Chamber. Because of the very unwelcoming attitude that the city and Chamber has shown to interested parties wanting to set up here in Abbotsford, they have made the decision to call either Langley or Chilliwack “home”. It would seem that the only way in which Abbotsford has been able to attract new business is by giving HUGE tax concessions to developers. Who pays for this? Yes, you guessed it, the tax payers of Abbotsford.
Before proceeding with an Economic Development Action Plan, the city must make changes in how they welcome potential new businesses to the area; they must become a lot more friendly and co-operative. Once these changes have been made, an action plan should then be put into place. It would seem that they way Banman has set the wheels in motion, he has put the cart before the horse, so to speak. This is typical of the way in which much is done in Abbotsford, “bass end ackwards”.
Look after the “house keeping” first and then hang the “welcome” sign out!
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