We are bullish on our region’s outlook for 2013. There are too many positive economic signs to ignore, too much serious social services infrastructure being erected, to feel otherwise.
Like the effect they have on a stock market, perception and confidence can key ups and downs in a regional economy. Far from being false or inflated, we believe there is real evidence 2013 is going to be a good year for Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area.
Development, while sometimes controversial, creates employment. When it’s done properly, with public input and within the rules of a community, construction of almost anything creates jobs now and in the future.
Forgive our seemingly simplistic view, but jobs, in turn, give local people spending power to buy goods in retails outlets in their communities, which creates more jobs. All of this bolsters the national, provincial and municipal tax accounts, which (in theory) helps government provide the services we ask them to provide.
The developments near what is sure to be a shiny new gateway to the City of Parksville on Alberni Highway are most exciting. The Oceanside Health Centre will be an upgrade to health services currently available in our region. There are developments, both retail and residential, planned for the area around the health centre that will create jobs, housing and opportunity.
Qualicum Beach has made big strides toward the future and safety of its water system and this year will see the start of construction of a new fire hall. There are other welcome signs (and real-world projects) that the town is more business and development-friendly than it has ever been, which bodes well for the future of that beautiful community.
Despite what some may tell you, development in Qualicum Beach can happen without destroying the unique nature of the community. It’s crucial for the town’s future, and we applaud those who are driving the long-overdue changes in attitude.
Too many projects are on the books and will happen in 2013 to list here. However, when someone asks us how the economy is doing in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region, we will have no problem providing a positive and energetic response.
— Editorial by John Harding