Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger will be bringing forth a motion at the next meeting of city council on June 25 that would see council assume full accountability of all economic development in the city.
“The economy and growth of our city is the top priority as we move into the future. We need to grow, adapt and attract investment in our community. The ultimate responsibility of our city's future rests on us, your elected council," said Bigger in a statement issued on June 12.
"Last night I tabled a motion to modernize the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, which I look forward to discussing with Council on June 25."
Bigger's motion includes the following resolutions:
- That the City of Greater Sudbury notify the CGSCDC of its intention to assume full accountability for all economic development activities and investments as of July 1.
- That the City of Greater Sudbury establish The Greater Sudbury Select Cabinet for Economic Development to provide advice on generating economic activity and that staff develop a proposed Terms of Reference and appropriate by-laws for consideration by council at its meeting of Aug. 13.
- That the CGSCDC be requested to pass the necessary motions and by-laws so that the members of city council become the members of the corporation and the board of directors for the CGSCDC.
- That the City of Greater Sudbury establish an Economic Development Standing Committee and that staff develop a proposed Terms of Reference and appropriate bylaws for consideration by Council at its meeting of Aug. 13.
"Council is the one chosen by voters to guide the city. You count on us for all financial and investment decisions regarding economic development. I am proposing that we would still have our staff working hard to fulfill these goals," said Bigger.
"I deeply appreciate the efforts and dedication of all of our current board members and those who have served and continue to serve our city. My thinking is that the board has and will continue to have a significant impact on economic development through a new model which would include a select cabinet on economic development.
"We would also still be working with our business partners in close collaboration to receive important economic development advice through the select cabinet."
Bigger says that this new structure will allow the city to respond more quickly to emerging opportunities in the community and would also be a move that would see a refreshed way of how the city grows and invests its citizen's tax dollars for the future.