If we are to thrive and move effectively through difficult challenges, then it's important that we have a safe and secure community. Additionally, potential employers and businesses are more likely to come to safer locations with a good quality of life.
What progress is the City making with our commitment to develop a safe and prepared community?
Government's job is to provide a community that attracts businesses. I believe that business is the main driving factor behind creating jobs and economic growth. There should be a strong effort to create a favorable environment for business owners and entrepreneurs to do business in Vancouver as well as contacting potential businesses and pointing out the features of the community including parks, education, leisure time activities, and quality of life in general.
I believe Vancouver's neighborhoods are the heart of the community. Neighborhood associations advocate for livability issues for a diverse population. Whether they involve the youth, veterans, elderly, the retired or families, a neighborhood association is made up of volunteers. Volunteers come together to support the social relationships in our community. We must support our neighborhood associations.
I've written more than $250K in community Development block grants, Neighborhood Action Plan grants and matching grants for sidewalks, traffic calming, bike routes, and traffic management issues. These grants provided safe, accessible and effective travel options for our residents and businesses.
I know how important it is to plan for the future, while protecting what we have now.
I believe it's important that we care for and augment our natural resources, such as the tree canopy, open space and wildlife habitat, which also protects and improves our air and water quality. These are issues that are extremely valuable to our citizens.