Niagara Gazette

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August 27, 2013

Council candidates have their say at Monday night forum

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Niagara Gazette — "I think it's important that we not think we know it all," he said.

Elder said he would like to see more events for residents and tourists to help bring people together, suggesting that the city should have a multi-cultural festival.

"Me personally, I would like to see more cultural events," he said.

Touma said the council has not done enough to promote cultural institutions in the city which bring people in to visit and to live.

"When it comes to culture and entertainment we don't listen," he said. "People are reaching out and they want culture and they want entertainment, but we dismiss it. Because it's not important to some people it's not important t the whole and that's a mistake."

Sandonato said he would like to see USA Niagara Development Corp., the state's economic development office in the Falls, expand its development area to include the entire city instead of just downtown as it does now, a point he repeated several times throughout the night.

"If we give USA Niagara the opportunity to expand to the entire city of Niagara Falls the job growth and job invention would not only entail tourism, but it would also include long, sustained 12-month industry," he said.

Vesci said the city should be trying to lure technology companies and their high-paying jobs to Niagara Falls.

"I feel that we should be pursuing technology jobs far more aggressively," he said.

Look for more on the candidates forum in Wednesday's Gazette.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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