Mayor returns from business trip to France with new vision
Summerside mayor Bill Martin took part in international investment show in France
Summerside Mayor Bill Martin is back on P.E.I. after his four day business trip to Cannes, France.
He was taking part in an international investment event called MIPIM, with the goal of bringing private, commercial and industrial investors to Summerside.
Martin said he has returned with a new vision for the future of Summerside.
"Going forward the city is no different than a business," said Martin. "We have to identify what our competitive advantage is, and the plan is likely going to be focused on renewable energy."
"We have a wind farm. We have our own electric utility. Our plan is to develop an eco-park. We'd like to see solar, you know, evolve in the city. So that's essentially where I think you're going to see us go."
Martin also took part in a think tank session with mayors from around the world, which he says supplied him with many ideas about how to revitalize the city.
Martin estimates the trip for he and a city staff member cost about $10,000.