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In our province, a municipality must have over 10,000 residents in order to apply for city status. We reached that number in 2007 and continue to keep growing at a rapid pace. As a city, we are already larger than 4 other cities in Alberta.
The purpose is to gain more recognition as a viable place to do business which will hopefully attract more business and business tax revenue, easing the burden on residential tax payers.
In the 2012 community survey, the #1 thing residents said would most improve their quality of life in Chestermere is more shopping/businesses. In addition to providing more options to residents, having more businesses in a community means more tax revenue from the business property taxes. This helps the community pay for amenities like pools and recreation centres, with less burden directly on residents.
In addition, there are over 100 towns in Alberta. As a city, Chestermere is 1 of 18 and may have more influence when asking the provincial government for services like schools and medical facilities.
Examples of light industrial businesses include printing shops, auto repair shops, small equipment rentals, electronics manufacturing, and distribution centres.
Examples of professional services include lawyers, engineers, accountants, architects, banking, insurance, real estate brokers, etc.