Let me get this straight, then…Summerland over the last 3 years:
has endured some severe economic challenges including 2 major road closures,
has lost many jobs
has significantly improved its traffic corridors including 4lane from the Coke to our north gateway entrance at Bentley
has made major improvements to safety & convenience at main entry points off the hiway
has doubled its water supply, improved its water quality and twinned some services
has the strongest business presence in years with an improved, cohesive chamber
has the newly created downtown business association
has a newly crafted economic plan to attract amenity migrants and entrepreneurial nomads
has NO affordable housing supply, has NO affordable land supply, and has ADDED environmental costs to potential developments
has NOT progressed Wharton St downtown revitalization project with current developer
WELL THEN…Where do we go from here?
2011 will be very interesting…stay tuned as Summerland is gracefully becoming the premier small town of BC…
Summerland has the genuine small town atmosphere, the lake, the climate, the natural setting, the beauty, the recreational opportunities
the proximity to Kelowna, Calgary, Vancouver…
AND is, in all honesty, really is still a virtual unknown entity that most people drive past year after year!
I believe 2011 is going to be an amazing year of positive change for our small town…and in homage to the critical voices of yesteryear, may I say “nobody wants it to explode” nobody wants growth at any cost, nobody wants to see massive crazy development…but let’s keep the positive voices working together for positive change, that’s my hope for Summerland 2011.