LaSalle Examining Its Economic Future

LaSalle wants to hear from its residents and business owners.

According to the town's Director of Development, years of steady growth in the town has sparked a need for a clear economic development plan going forward.

Larry Silani says this is the first time the town has put together a comprehensive plan.

"We've looked at different sectors in the past from the point of view of economic development, but this is an opportunity to take a look at where we have strengths in LaSalle and some of the things that we can build on. Some of the successes that are already here and provide a boarder range of goods and services to residents of this community," says Silani.

He says several factors have led to the boom including a personal income 30% higher than the provincial median, above average population growth and an unemployment rate well below the provincial average. 

Silani says the town is also looking to address weaknesses while building on strengths.

"There's an evolving nature to the retail business and we have a number of professional services that are available in LaSalle. We have a number of retail facilities and we want to kind of build on that. We also have a waterfront area that has lots of potential that, at this point, hasn't really reached its full potential."

A public input meeting on the Economic Development Strategic Plan will be held at the LaSalle Civic Centre on Wednesday, June 20 from 7pm to 9pm.

For those who can't make it, an online survey is available by clicking HERE. 

A draft plan will be presented to council in September.