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City deserves pat on the back

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 04:13 pm

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We would like to commend the City of Airdrie for taking the time to listen to local business owners about what they need to be able to do their jobs better during two Mayor’s Forums this year.

Current businesses are the best marketing tool for drawing more commercial, retail and industrial companies to Airdrie; something we desperately need.

The number of businesses licences in the city grow substantially every year, Airdrie’s commercial to residential property value ratio is about 15 per cent to 85 per cent.

That means, residential taxes make up the majority of the City’s property tax base. An increase in storefront business would translate into jobs for local residents and taxes to fund infrastructure and ne social programs.

We all know Airdrie is a volunteer-driven community and many of those volunteers and donations are supplied by businesses in the city.

Satisfied business owners who enjoy working with the municipality will tell their friends in Calgary and the surrounding area and could attract more companies to set up shop in the city.

Our location and proximity to the Calgary International Airport, Highway 2 and the fact we have no business taxes also sweeten the deal.

It is nice to see the City is being proactive about attracting business to Airdrie. By asking current businesses how the City can serve them better, administration is building relationships that will make our community stronger and an even better place to live.


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