Mayor outlines next steps for positive change agenda

January 22, 2013

Clarke talks about "the first 100 days" of Reorganization Plan for Positive Change
SYDNEY, NS – Mayor Cecil Clarke delivered his first major address as Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality today to an audience of 170 community and business leaders at a luncheon organized by the Cape Breton Partnership.

Clarke spoke about his goals for the first 100 days of his administration.

"We're 78 days in and have announced a number of key initiatives of the Reorganization Plan for Positive Change," said Clarke, reflecting on the progress made since Council's swearing in on November 5, 2012.


In recent weeks Clarke has announced a new budget process that reaches out to residents in every corner of CBRM and a Port Summit (February 21-22) to bring together stakeholders and move forward on a port structure that works, creates jobs and attracts new investment.

Clarke confirmed the Municipality's budget for 2013/14 will be delivered by the end of the current fiscal year, March 31st. "As of April 1st, what we spend will be ready for immediate accountability and reporting," he said.

Clarke said the coming weeks will bring further announcements of an Organizational Operating Review Task Force with business, labour and community representatives. He will also establish a transportation committee to tackle challenges in air, rail, road and port transportation systems.

He indicated that he is working right now on the development of a capital plan for the region that is focused on wastewater infrastructure work.

"We are moving forward, with clear purpose, to make our region the most business and development friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada," Clarke told those in attendance at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. "We ask ourselves, with every step we take; 'Does this create jobs? Will this effort strengthen the economy?' and stay focused on those outcomes."

Clarke credited the Cape Breton Partnership for their island-wide approach to the prosperity framework and noted that last week's first-ever meeting of all Cape Breton municipal leaders at the Gaelic College was a groundbreaking event.

"We were all in agreement that jobs, tourism, outmigration and taxes are the key priorities and the toughest challenges," added Clarke. "It will take bold moves to bring transformative change to these issues. They are persistent and tough. So are we."