(clockwise from top left) Counc. Robert Campbell, Counc. Sylvia Bishop, Joan Hansen, Kim Kendall and Simran Walia celebrate the launch of their Team Delta slate for the upcoming civic election. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta mayoral candidate promises to create city department to attract new business

If elected, Sylvia Bishop says she will create an economic development office at the City of Delta

Business is good, but it could be better.

That’s the gist of the latest platform commitment from Delta mayoral candidate Sylvia Bishop and her Team Delta slate.

On Wednesday, July 11, Bishop’s campaign sent out a press release outlining her pledge to, if elected, create an economic development office at the City of Delta to attract more business to Delta.

“Commercial enterprises that locate to, or expand in, Delta will generate significant new revenues for our municipality, which in turn will allow us to continue delivering much-needed services for local residents without having to increase the cost-burden on businesses, homeowners and others,” Bishop said in the press release.

Bishop noted that Delta is one of the few sizable municipalities in B.C. that does not have its own economic development department, agency or corporation.

Bishop also pointed out that, in looking at the eight largest municipalities in the Lower Mainland, all but Delta have a defined strategy or department to encourage economic development.

REALTED: Bishop pledges greater financial accountability for Delta in bid for mayor

“Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley Township and Maple Ridge have invested much time and effort to understand and promote local investment opportunities,” Bishop said. “We should, too, if we don’t want to be left behind. In the event that my Team Delta colleagues and I are successful in winning election to city council in October, we intend to make responsible economic development a top priority.”

In the past, Delta’s city manager (formerly called the chief administrative officer) has been assigned the responsibility of overseeing business-oriented projects. A body to provide guidance on economic development – the Invest in Delta mayor’s standing committee’ – has met five times in the last three years: three in 2016, two in 2017 and once so far in 2018.

In the press release, Bishop noted that the City of Delta has had some success attracting new investment to the community in recent years, but that “much more ought to be done in the future” to pro-actively encourage new investment and job creation.

“Our city has enormous potential for emerging-economy businesses, including technology and green economy enterprises, plus we have notable resources to accommodate sectors such as manufacturing and assembly, scientific and pharmaceutical research, tourism, film-making, and much more” Bishop said.

“Importantly, the completion in late 2013 of the South Fraser Perimeter Road has opened up incredible opportunities for the development of Tilbury Island and nearby areas, and I believe the time is right for us to now be more energetic in our approach to marketing Delta’s business and commercial prospects.”

RELATED: Bishop announces partial platform for Delta mayoral bid

READ MORE: 23 candidates so far for Delta mayor, council and school board



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Delta composting facility the centre of election controversy

Mayoral candidate George Harvie’s actions as city manager under scrutiny from two opposing slates

‘Like an Alfred Hitchcock movie’: Birds fall dead from the sky in Tsawwassen

Raptor expert says he’s never seen it happen anywhere in the Lower Mainland

9-year-old girl recovering after dog attack in North Delta

The dog has now been seized by Delta bylaw officers

Gill says he’s ‘prepared’ to make handguns ‘biggest’ issue in Surrey civic election

Surrey First slate reveals second part of its public safety platform Thursday

Surrey Eagles fall to Vees in BCHL Showcase opener

South Surrey-based squad still winless after 4-1 loss Thursday morning in Chilliwack

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Police probe suspicious death of man in Richmond

A body was found in the area of Garden City and Odlin Roads in Richmond just after 8:30am Thursday

Lower Mainland woman sets Grouse Grind record

Madison Sands sets a new best time on Vancouver’s fitness landmark

Tent city campers now allowed to stay in B.C. provincial park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no deadline for campers to leave Greater Victoria camp site

Bus company vies to replace Greyhound in Kamloops to Vancouver, Kelowna

Alberta-based Ebus applies to the Passenger Transportation Board to replace Greyhound

Former VP of lululemon joins B.C. cannabis cultivation facility

Kerry Biggs will be the Chief Financial Officer of True Leaf, in Lumby

Could cannabis help keep people in B.C. on treatment for opioid addiction?

People on opioid agonist treatment face lower risks of overdosing, BC Centre on Substance Use says

Around the BCHL – Trail Smoke Eater grad to captain NCAA Michigan Tech Huskies

Around the BCHL is a regular look at the BCHL and goings-on throughout the junior A world.

North Delta happenings: week of Sept. 20

Events, courses and clubs listing for North Delta

Most Read