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Local & Small Business Policies

 

Small and Local Businesses are the heart and soul of Edmonton, and Ward O-day'min. We need to make it easy to start new businesses and prosperous to stay in business. I will fight to change the culture at the city to one of “Getting to Yes”. Every time you call the city, we should start with “how can we help you do what you want or need to do”. Instead of investigators, we need facilitators. Instead of administrators, we need activators and motivators. We need to drive traffic to brick & mortar stores and create avenues for innovative online business.   

 

 

Making It Easy 

Do you feel you are getting effective and efficient services? The City has over 10,000 employees and dozens of departments. The systems are complicated. Communication is unclear.  You are not alone.  The City of Edmonton can be a convoluted place to navigate....and we believe you deserve the support you need to get to what you need...so we can all be successful. 

Action 1 – Small Business Concierge Creating an  accessible small & local business navigator will go a long way to improving navigation of processes for local & small business. If the City is creating processes that are too complex to navigate, it needs to provide available, timely and accessible support at every stage.

Action 2 – Support Business Advisory Groups - Promote the creation of new business advisory groups and support already existing ones, that advocate and promote local & small business. 

 

Actively supporting O’Day-min business 

 

Action 1 – Actively Support Micro Mobility 

Action 2 -  Re-Establish Chinatown as a safe & vibrant cultural, tourism and business destination by aggressively investing in social and infrastructure supports.  Partner with local agencies and businesses to collaboratively develop a renewal strategy and stick to it.  No changing gears.  No flipping back and forth.  Pick a direction and implement like crazy.  

Action 3 – Invest Intelligently in Downtown infrastructure

Action 4 - Designation of Downtown to NAIT, as an Employment Zone -  Development of a master plan inclusive of the major commercial areas with a focus on post-pandemic recovery, with the participation of the Accelerate Recovery Commission/Task Force, and the local business, academic and resident stakeholders.   

 

Culture of Getting to Yes 

Right now we are rule-makers and regulators - and people can’t seem to look beyond the old playbook. We need a City with innovators and motivators - that is outcome based - not rule-based. Where the City partners and works with you to find creative solutions to get stuff done, rather than going to look for all the reasons you can’t do it. 

Action 1 – Change performance management of CAO & Leadership Team.  

Action 2 – Make it mandatory for facilitators (not regulators/reviewers/investigators) to go out and visit sites at various stages to ensure a real, practical understanding of situations and innovative solutions.

Action 3 – Make every regulatory denial an automatic trigger for a senior level review. 

 

 

Reducing Regulatory Burden 

Right now we are rule-makers and regulators - and people can’t seem to look beyond the old playbook. We need a City with innovators and motivators - that is outcome based - not rule-based. Where the City partners and works with you to find creative solutions to get stuff done, rather than going to look for all the reasons you can’t do it.  To come through these challenging economic times we need to unlock and harness all the creative energy and innovation that Edmontonians can muster...and the City can’t be the one stifling that innovation. 

 

Action 1 – Reform LUB – Reform the Land Use Bylaw to be flexible for business innovation, development, permitting and zoning.

Action 2 – Actively support outdoor venues year-round.