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The 2014 budget released today proposes low taxes, controls spending and invests in key programs, all with city services being enhanced and more Vancouver residents enjoying key community programs than ever before.

“This budget delivers low taxes and even better services for Vancouver, once again reflecting our consistent commitment to strong business discipline at City Hall,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “In a difficult time for many local governments, we’re keeping taxes among the lowest and taking care of the services people rely on.”

With the proposed property tax increase limited to 1.9%, the City of Vancouver will have the 2nd-lowest residential tax rate and 4th-lowest business tax rate in the Metro Vancouver region.

Vancouver’s total debt outstanding has declined by $191 million since 2009, with the Vancouver Services Review initiated in the same year having now saved taxpayers a total of $53.1 million.

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In a keynote address this week to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Mayor Gregor Robertson outlined next steps to enhance competitiveness and ensure Vancouver’s growing economy is driven by a focus on innovation. Here are some highlights of the reaction from the press and on social media:

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Doing business in the Lower Mainland just got easier thanks to the new Metro-West Inter-Municipal Business Licence agreement.

The six participating municipalities – City of Burnaby, Corporation of Delta, City of New Westminster, City of Richmond, City of Surrey, and City of Vancouver – have worked together to adopt a common by-law allowing businesses to purchase an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL), also referred to as a Mobile Business Licence (MBL), for specified trades.

The Inter-Municipal Business Licence reduces red tape by allowing mobile businesses to operate in more than one municipality by purchasing only one licence, rather than obtaining non-resident licences in each municipality in which they operate.

“Coming from an entrepreneurial background, I understand the need for cities to support small businesses by streamlining regulations and cutting red tape,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The launch of this innovative new multi-city business license makes it easier do business in Vancouver’s growing economy and throughout our region, and builds on our work to make Vancouver even more competitive for new investment and jobs.”

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Focus on developing human resources to support a green economy

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) announced today that Campus-City Collaborative’s (C3) second initiative, The Green Workforce Development Symposium, will be held Friday, March 2, 2012. The purpose of this symposium is to understand private sector needs for green jobs, assess current green curriculums, and identify training and education opportunities for students with respect to green jobs.

“C3 is driving innovation towards Vancouver’s growth as a mecca for the green economy by drawing on the creativity of student leaders from across the city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Together with industry experts and the VEC, the C3 Green Symposium will help us map out a strategy to create the kind of green jobs that will keep our local economy competitive and resilient.”

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The City of Vancouver was proud to accept a prestigious national award today when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) named Vancouver a winner of a 2012 FCM Sustainable Communities Award for the City’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (GCAP).

Councilor Andrea Reimer accepted the award on behalf of the City at a reception and awards ceremony during FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa, Ontario.

The FCM award recognizes the GCAP for its achievement in the Planning category, which celebrates sustainable community plans that establish a vision for sustainability, integrate sustainability issues across municipal departments and service areas, and set environmental targets for the municipal government and the community.

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