Airdire named top business-friendly city
The City of Airdrie – along with Cochrane, Rocky View County and Chestermere -was voted top business-friendly municipalities in the overall national rankings from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in its national survey released Oct. 21.
The report outlines Canada’s most business-friendly cities, and the “Greater Calgary” area took top spot again this year.
“Airdrie is an entrepreneurial dream,” Mayor Peter Brown said. “When you have this kind of growth, anyone with an entrepreneurial background can thrive here.”
Brown points to the fact there is no business tax for businesses operating within the city limit, high growth rate, close proximity to Highway 2 and the Calgary International Airport, as attractive options for choosing Airdrie to set up shop.
The City of Calgary ranked 48th on the list of 107 cities throughout Canada.
The annual study evaluates the entrepreneurial city on the overall list, with Llyodminster taking second spot and Saskatoon rounding out the top three.
The 14 indicators in the report are grouped into three categories: presence, perspective and policy. Presence covers the scale and growth of business ownership, perspective measures optimism and growth plans, and policy represents the actions local government take with respect to business taxation and regulation.
The focus for the next term for Brown, will be to maintain Airdrie’s standing and a business-friendly city, and to continue to promote businesses to choose Airdrie.
“We have to really get there, we’re still heavy for residential development,” he said. “I think as a city perspective we have the money invested in planning and engineering and eliminating the cost of development, the processes and wait times (will help draw business into Airdrie).”
To view the report in its entirety visit www.cfib.ca