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CORNER BROOK — After a term away from council Josh Carey is looking to get back to serving the people of Corner Brook.
After serving two terms on city council, Carey did not seek re-election in 2009 for personal reasons.
Known as a outspoken and thorough councillor, Carey promises to bring that voice back to the council table and public platform. He says there is much work to do in the Corner Brook area for it to grow and prosper.
He claims when he left council in 2009, the city was on an upswing with considerable economic growth evident. He says the strong vibrancy that was developing and optimistic attitude has stalled.
“Corner Brook may not have the mega-resources of other areas of the province, but we do have assets here which could be more aggressively focused to produce a better economic environment,” a press release stated.
Carey said city hall must change its entire philosophy related to business investment and job creation. He pointed to several media publications and business leaders that have stated Corner Brook does not have a business friendly environment.
“This cannot continue,” the release stated.
The former councillor said one of council’s basic responsibilities is to establish a vision for the city’s long-term future. That includes finding innovative ways to attract new business and industry, supporting local business and essentially developing a more modern management philosophy within city hall.
“The key to a thriving and growing Corner Brook is an increased population to sustain it,” he wrote. “This means we have to have new industry, better job opportunities and modern infrastructure which will entice young families to want to live and stay here.”
Carey is currently employed by the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development as an economic development officer. He has been involved with a number of community and volunteer activities in the area over the past two decades including chair of the Western District School board, the Family Outreach Resource Centre, and board member of the Deer Lake Airport Corporation.