Graham Chaze and the Lake of the Woods Economic Development Commission are looking for an investment by council, in order to follow-through on some of their plans.
"It's already a great destination, but we want to be able to achieve and develop some new stuff and grow," said Chaze, after last week's deputation.
During the fall municipal campaign, candidates vowed to take a more open for business approach, in an effort to encourage businesses to invest, in particular housing developers. The development commission would be a natural ally in this kind of work. Chaze has also served on the planning advisory committee.
He says the funds being requested from council would be in addition to the new bed tax. Since the commission doesn't have a fix yet on how much revenue the commission might get from the bed tax, board members would like to create a fund, which would be replenished by bed tax revenue, eliminating the need for future grants from the city.
City councillors didn't offer an answer to the deputation.
According to the city, in previous years council has set aside:
- $77,648 for each of the last three years for the development commission.
- $176,607 set aside for economic development, including $129,614 in wages
- $310,490 set aside for tourism
- $101,076 set aside for tourism facilities,
- $25,000 for the city's tourism strategy,
- $114,116 for special events
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