From mills to medicine

Jason Kerr/Daily Herald Larry Fladager speaks during the State of the City address, hosted by the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Dionne said 2017 will be a preparation year for the city in anticipation of several large events being held in 2018.

Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry Fladager wants to see the city focus on what it does best instead of chasing big industries.

The issue of attracting big businesses was one of several brought up after Mayor Greg Dionne’s State of the City address on Thursday.

In response to a question from the audience, Dionne said he wants to see the city focus on attracting several smaller businesses instead of one large one.

It’s a stance Fladager wants to see more of heading into the future.

“This community is really redefining itself in terms of the retail service sector,” Fladager said during an interview after the address. “We have lots of professional services, we have a large health region here, we have lots on the retail side, doctors, lawyers, etc.”

Fladager said it’s great if you can convince big industries to set up shop, but that’s a tough task to follow through on. Many companies, he explained, don’t consult with local organizations before deciding where to expand.

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