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Brian Sykora joined the race for a spot on council in the upcoming municipal election.
“I feel I can help the city. I have very good ideas,” said Sykora. “I’m more of an idea person entrepreneur and I like to come up with solutions and I think that is needed in the city.”
Sykora said infrastructure needs an immediate solution to improve the roads. He added a business corridor toward Belle Plaine could be made with service roads on either side of the Trans Canada Highway. Businesses would be on the road on each side, creating jobs in a long-term project.
“The beauty of the city is with the roads,” said Sykora. “One way or another I’ll find a way to do it.”
He said he would like to develop a real downtown trolley system. It could run down Main Street to River Street and back around to Manitoba Street before heading up Main Street again.
“I think the people will pay money for going on this and I think tourism will double because of that,” said Sykora. “Just having double tourism will give more business and more people will be wanting to move to the city and that should increase our tax base, which will give us more money for infrastructure.”
Sykora was born in Moose Jaw and is an active entrepreneur. He once owned a high tech Maytag Laundromat on Main Street and ran a clothing store. He now owns his brand name agency Sybritec and a company under Sybritec called Finders Fee that is North American wide. He also volunteered as a coach at Vanier High School for 16 years, coaching track and field, cross country running and football.
Sykora said the city needs enough incentives to bring businesses and people into the city for more jobs.
“I feel by setting up another committee just to do this is worth it,” said Sykora. “So by setting up a business committee to go out there and bring in these businesses and manufacturing and in turn will keep our younger people here.”
He added that he would like to see more downtown beautification to make it into a likeness of something like Calgary’s Kensington market, including venues for local musicians to attract youth.
Sykora added he believes a seniors’ advisory committee is needed because of the city’s strong base of seniors. He said those are only some of his ideas.
“I feel Moose Jaw is the best city in Canada right now because the crime rate is low and we do have many businesses that are coming in, a lot more restaurants right now,” said Sykora. “I think we are in a position to really prosper and have a lot more business brought to the city.”