Since I launched my campaign in January, the path to economic recovery has been one of the three core areas I’ve been exploring in my conversations with residents and community leaders. If there’s one thing that everyone agrees on, it’s that how we come out of this pandemic together will be a defining moment in history for our city.
Our ability to build a prosperous future for Edmontonians will hinge on a plan that is equal parts balanced and bold. Yes, we need to be prudent in our spending—we will need to make tough choices, and yes, we’ll need to make some sacrifices, because we simply won’t be able to afford to do it all.
But we also need to be ambitious. As I’ve said all along, and throughout my time in this city, Edmonton’s people are our greatest asset. We have an abundance of talent, resiliency, entrepreneurialism, and compassion—the key ingredients our community needs to thrive as we move through one of the most difficult periods of a generation.
So how do we get there? How do we harness the creativity, knowledge and experience of our city administration, our business community, and our non-profit leaders, combining forces to drive a strong but stable economic rebound, and set the foundation so we can move Edmonton forward together?
Now more than ever, we will need to come together in service of the greater good of our communities. We will need to see the whole as greater than a sum of parts. We will need to collaborate, coordinate, and innovate so we can stay competitive and forward-looking — so we can attract and retain the kinds of Edmonton city-builders our city is known for. So Edmontonians from all walks of life feel that they not only have a home here, but can build a life and a future here.
I know that with the right leadership and approach, this is within our reach.
I am Kim Krushell, and I am for Edmonton.