EDITORIAL: Building business key in Coquitlam

Getting ahead of the game is increasingly important as developers flock to Coquitlam in advance of the Evergreen Line.

But such a riches of new building opportunities ignores another important reality: Coquitlam has long been a bedroom community for people who work elsewhere.

The city is now realizing it has to encourage the building of new businesses, not just apartment buildings, to be a complete community as the opening date for the Evergreen Line approaches.

Already, 79% of Tri-City residents commute elsewhere for jobs, according to the 2006 census. And the Evergreen Line will only increase that number unless efforts are made to locate offices and other industries in the region.

To that end, the city recently published a press release suggesting businesses move into City Centre before the rush. Hopefully, that’s just the beginning of an economic strategy to lure new businesses to the region to take advantage of infrastructure, lifestyle and the fast pace of development growth.

What do you say? Would you be willing to trade some pay and benefits for a job closer to home? Vote in our online poll.

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