Catalyst Committee – March 22, 2023
Regina City Council
Presented by Tony Playter – CEO Regine & District Chamber of Commerce
Good afternoon. My name is Tony Playter and I am the CEO of the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce.
We acknowledge, with respect and truth, that we work and support the business community in Treaty 4 Territory and the traditional lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
First of all, I want to thank each of you and the Catalyst Committee for your dedication in helping make Regina a city that many want to work, live and play in.
I am here to confirm that the Regina Chamber supports the final report and recommendations made by the Catalyst Committee.
Recently we saw that the recommendations work when deciding on moving forward with large infrastructure projects.
City Council was able to reach a quick decision on the walking path and the aquatic centre.
We commend you for making these key investments in our city, which will create economic development, increase tourism and enhance our overall quality of life.
We also support the recommendation that the indoor multi-purpose event centre be built downtown.
Let’s be clear – a decision on the final location is not necessary today. What is important is that the downtown option remain open for further discussion.
As the Catalyst committee made this recommendation as part of their final report … we ask that it be strongly considered by city council.
We all understand that our downtown is in desperate need of revitalization.
We need this strategy and vision to provide new economic opportunities in this area that was once the heart and soul of our city.
Without this boost … we could be looking at a further decline in residents, an increase in vacant office space and a loss of valuable tax dollars.
We recognize there are many projects and civic issues that also need to be addressed. There is a balance that need to be considered.
That being said … it is important that we don’t lose sight of the long-term investment necessary to ensure Regina remains an energetic, vibrant city that provides opportunity for all residents.
This is vital as we look to retain current citizens and attract new residents.
The approval of the aquatic centre is very exciting and it is crucial that we build on that vision and momentum.
A modern multi-purpose event centre presents an opportunity to bring new investment to our city, which will assist in creating a vibrant and welcoming downtown.
This investment will also create jobs, increase our tax base and provide more resources for civic projects and community services.
Together we can provide our citizens with infrastructure assets and a quality of life that is expected when you live in Saskatchewan’s Capital City.
I urge you to keep looking forward… and vote be a part of this exciting vision that will have a positive impact on Regina’s future for many years to come.