Council has seized every opportunity to support and grow local business with its “open for business” strategic priority. Following upon the Most Small Business Friendly Community Award (Vancouver Island/Coast Region) in 2011, the Town has been working diligently with our local business champions (Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Ladysmith Downtown Business Association) and Stz’uminus First Nation to grow the area’s economy for the benefit of everyone. Together with our regional partners, the new Ladysmith Economic Development Strategy was released in September. Its multi-year projects focus on the implementation of the award-winning plan for the waterfront, tourist attraction, promoting downtown and enhancing our industrial land and business support services. Our recent collaborative review of Town development processes resulted in quick wins to ease the process for builders and developers while maintaining the quality of life that attracts residents and investors to Ladysmith.