Taylor seeks re-election to town council
Will Taylor is seeking his sixth term on council. (Town of Blackfalds photo)
Like any good story, Will Taylor wants to see the Town of Blackfalds develop, but develop in the right way.
Having served 16 years on council - five terms - he is now one of three incumbents looking to be re-elected to help the community do just that.
Blackfalds, he said, has been in the midst of “rising action” for awhile, and now, it’s on the verge of something more.
“We’re coming into the climax,” Taylor said. “We’re going to see the face of Blackfalds change. People’s perception is going to change. Hwy 2A’s going to develop and people will see it in a whole new light.”
While Blackfalds is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country, the focus is now on economic development.
Taylor has been involved with numerous committees, boards and related groups, including Economic Development and Tourism, Community Place Making, the Blackfalds Chamber of Commerce and Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP).
“To me, it’s the core for everything,” he said. “My passion has been economic development and I know what we do in economic development directly impacts what facilities you have for your kids, how the town develops its services and it’s all right there.”
Recently, council has been working on a number of projects to help attract business to Lacombe, including Blackfalds Crossing with Elkay Developments. With the town growing as fast as it has been, other projects are always in the works as well, even outside of the scope of economic development.
Seniors housing, he said, is something that will be a real issue for the town in the near future, not to mention schooling options for their younger population.
While some of these challenges are part of the provincial jurisdiction, he said it’s important for municipalities to lobby all levels of government to make sure the needs of citizens are looked after.
“Being able to lobby successfully makes a difference,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed being the voice for our community for many topics. A lot of people don’t realize municipally we still work with the federal and provincial government and when we have our conferences we have the opportunity to change perceptions.”
One such perception he’s proud of working to change is that of Alberta’s oil and gas industry to municipal counterparts elsewhere in the country and during the recent Blackfalds Candidate Forum he said he’d like to lobby to get a high school in the town sooner.
There’s other regional changes coming, as well, which he says experience will be needed to properly work on.
“We have to deal with the Municipal Government Act, deal with some of the disparities and regional governance and that’s going to be a whole challenge,” he said.
“It’s a new page in history that we’re going to write and we’re going to need experience to be able to have a vision to go forward.”
The municipal election is Monday, Oct. 16.
Blackfalds residents can cast their ballots at the Blackfalds Community Centre.