CALEDON – New Caledon mayor Allan Thompson plans to give local businesses the royal treatment during his tenure, he said at his first networking breakfast.
"It’s time to cut out the red tape and roll out the red carpet," Thompson announced April 9 at the Royal Ambassador on Innis Lake Road.Business Timeseditor Rick Drennan emceed the event.
"We have taken some first steps by harmonizing the site plan and zoning process,” he said. “I want to see a one-stop shop for building permits. I also want to explore the idea of a concierge service for business. Imagine having someone to walk you through the processes and explain things in layman terms."
Thompson touched on a few specific areas of concern he would like to address in order to bolster local commerce.
"A barrier for business in Caledon is the lack of quality high speed internet," he said. "If you operate your business from home you are probably paying the equivalent of a car payment for high speed internet. I know this personally as my wife is a journalist and works from home. This has to change. The world has changed. Business is changing. Technology is no longer a luxury. It is essential. We need to work towards making Caledon an intelligent community."
Council recently passed a motion to work with Region of Peel to bring high-speed conduit to all new town road developments.