Last night was the All Candidates Meeting at Millennium Place. For most candidates it was a big improvement over the night before which makes sense. I sat there for a long time without any questions. Later in the forum I got to answer some questions on seniors housing, transit and Upper Village business development. I was again impressed with Sue Maxwell. Sue is truly an insightful person and I hope I get the chance to work with her over the next 4 years.
If you’re interested my 2 minute opening speech follows:
My name is Jack Crompton and it has been a privilege to serve on council for the last 3 years. I am excited about building on the work that we have done. I really enjoyed sitting on the Finance and Audit Committee. I think the work we did establishing Quarterly Reporting, Reserve Policy and a Corporate Plan have set the table for the future.
From a business perspective I am convinced the next 4 yrs should be focused on maximizing the gains of some good foundation building and community assets.
Whistler’s tourism business is about to change. We are really good at the recreation business. With the addition of the Audain Art Museum to the SLCC, the Whistler Public Library, the Whistler museum. We need to be prepared to deliver on cultural tourism. To that end the RMOW has hired an Economic Development Officer (Tony Metcalf) and the Whistler Arts Council has hired a Cultural Coordinator (Anne Popma). It is critical that this council clears the way for these people to accomplish the actions of the community cultural plan like the cultural connector. I’d like to see us leverage the rmi while it is still here so we continue to develop a permanent cultural tourism business rather than a seasonal one.
I think the Chamber says it best with the focus on “making business easy”. We are about to see the Customer Service Strategy. My hope is that we can use the actions in that document to make businesses experience of working with the municipality easier.. There is work to do and I look forward to it.
I look forward to working for you. I’d like to ask you again for your trust and your vote on November 15.