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The Edmonton Research Park is located in Ward Karhiio. And, Tang says, as the city looks to move away from a resource-based economy, we need to do more to talk about the innovators who have taken up residence in the park. We need to do more to show off Edmonton as a place that embraces the new economy.
“That’s why I think that the transition away from a resource-based economy and having that public infrastructure, which relies on public dollars, is so important in order to keep people here,” says Tang. “I think a lot of people in Edmonton are making those decisions — do I stay here and build my company? Or, do I go somewhere else? I don’t want to see more talent moving out of the city.”
But, to encourage new startups, and to convince businesses to set up operations in Edmonton, Tang believes the city needs to show that you don’t need a personal vehicle to get around. She says entrepreneurs are looking to locate in cities that embrace the urban experience. And that’s why transit isn’t a money drain, it’s an investment.
“I think our transit needs to be reinforced. A lot of people will talk about the economy, a lot of people will talk about housing and a lot of the social issues. But I think transit is the artery that connects all of these organs. In the past little while, I’ve had conversations with people about international companies wanting to move to Edmonton, to set up shop. But it’s actually quite hard to find locations for them that are truly transit-accessible and easy to get to, or to locate them close to where people live. Everything comes back to the fact that we need better public transportation systems. We need better active transportation systems.