Sutherland aims to “accelerate Amherstburg” in attracting business

 

Deputy Mayor Ron Sutherland

Mayoral candidate Ron Sutherland

Mayoral candidate Ron Sutherland is aiming to “accelerate Amherstburg” if he is elected Oct. 27.

Sutherland, the current deputy mayor, noted that Amherstburg has a “diverse and strong” business community that includes everything from national banks and retailers to small business and developers. He said Amherstburg contributes to the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Commission (WEEDC) through the county tax levy but vowed that, if elected, he will go after business and development.

“If I’m elected mayor, we’ll be more proactive,” said Sutherland. “When it comes to economic development, we cannot sit back and wait. We need to take action.”

Sutherland said the town needs to have a closer relationship with the WEEDC and “participate fully” so that Amherstburg’s interests are on the commission’s “radar.” He also wants WEEDC to report to the town annually to show what benefits the town is receiving.

Setting up an “Accelerate Amherstburg” mayor’s advisory panel is something that Sutherland also wants to do, if elected, with that panel to be comprised of business and lay people from the community.

“It’s not a committee of council,” said Sutherland. “It will be a committee of the mayor.”

Sutherland stated that roughly $1 million per year is paid by Essex County taxpayers to the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Commission “and part of that $1 million comes from Amherstburg.”

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