30 Days to Go...
Thank you for joining me on this journey! My team and I have been enjoying meeting each and every one of you and hearing your thoughts and concerns for the city. I am looking forward to meeting even more of you, and am adjusting the campaign as necessary to ensure that I am meeting everyone at your comfort level.
We will be shifting our campaign plan slightly moving forward with the new health restrictions. We will be dropping off brochures at homes all around the city, but will not be "door knocking". I am, however, very excited to speak with you and can arrange for a porch chat, phone conversation or emails. Just let me know how you would like to be engaged during this time.
Lawn signs will be coming out right after the federal election is complete. If you would like to show your neighbours that you support a candidate who is actively engaged, has a strong work ethic and is fighting for you everyday.... fill in the lawn sign request form and we will come and deliver one to you.
Thank you all again for your continued support!
And Away We Go...
Hello Airdrie! Welcome to the newly revised TinaPetrow.com (2021 Edition). I am leaving up the blog posts from the 2017 Election as I believe they are as relevant today, as they were then.
Today is the official kick off of the Team Petrow Campaign. I am so excited to be heading on this journey with you again and I can't wait to meet you all. For so many of you, we will be catching up - but we have so many new residents here as well that I am looking forward to meeting.
We have some lofty goals for this campaign, but I have such an amazing team already, standing beside me and encouraging me on. If you would like to join Team Petrow, please check out the contact page. We are going to have a ton of fun along the way to October 18th.
Please, take the time to look through all of the candidates information, ask them questions, find out who they are and if their goals align with yours. I know this is going to be a great election and I encourage you to be involved as much as you can. Your voice matters and your vote matters.
I will be posting new newsletters throughout the campaign time, to let you know what's going on, how you can get involved and answer questions that come in. Make sure to subscribe in the contact page to receive yours.
It has been an incredible 4 years as your Councillor, and I hope you can put your trust in me to lead you through 4 more. #VotePetrow2021
Almost Half Way Through!!
WOW... it is hard to believe that this election period is almost half way done already. Advance voting starts this Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9am-12pm. If you have already had a chance to hear from the candidates and learn what they are about, then this Saturday and October 11th are your opportunities to beat the line ups on Election Day.
I have had the great pleasure of meeting so many of you, hearing your ideas and hopes for Airdrie's future and learning more about your love for our city. I hope that, for any of you who are reading this, I have made you feel comfortable with who I am and where we can take this city, together. I humbly ask for your support in this election. I am both a listener and a doer, which sometimes is hard to find. I am ready to work for you! If you have any questions about me or the election/ city in general, please contact me. Please do not ever think that your vote will not matter. It is you that makes this place what it is and your voice matters - to me and to our city! Thank you all for your support and positive energy.
Have a great night - and make sure to say Hi if you see me out and about!
Kayla Jessen - Airdrie Election 2017 FB Group
August 14 at 11:01pm
Question for candidates. What is your stance on downtown redevelopment? What do you see as the pros and cons? Further and very specifically to that, what is your stance on the city owning rental space and using the revenue to offset operational costs of civic infrastructure?
Hello Again Kayla, Thank you for engaging so much in this election and bringing these questions out.
A) Do I believe that downtown redevelopment is necessary? Absolutely!
When the city did the Downtown Visioning Exercises between January and March, the response on the state of the current downtown was less than favorable.
“a) 87% of the survey opinions about the current state of the downtown are negative vs. positive;
b) 43% of the survey respondents indicated that there is ‘nothing’ unique about the downtown;
c) the current state of the downtown receives a score ranging between 4.47–4.62 out of 10, and;
d) workshop participants made far more negative comments about the downtown than positive in that particular consultation format;
2. Respondents from the survey, workshops and focus groups collectively agree that there is potential and desire for the downtown be improved. Overall, the majority of residents would prefer to see action taken to improve the downtown as opposed to leaving it in its current state. This is reflected in the approximately 80/20 ratio of comments received which stated a desire to see unique downtown items (or lack thereof) improved – rather than left in the current state.” – Downtown Visioning Exercise Results (City of Airdrie)
As a city, we need to work together to create a financially responsible, functional plan for our downtown that will not only create an engaging place for our citizens to gather in and enjoy, but to create something that is significant to: where we came from and where would like to go. A more vibrant downtown core would drive business in the city, as it would be a more inviting place for us to spend our money in. In addition, by having an interesting drawing feature to our downtown, we would attract tourism dollars and larger businesses to bring outside money into our city.
The need for a project like this is evident. We just need to find the best solution for how to get there. If elected, I would like to re-visit the planning process for this and create more opportunities for citizens to have their input on the overall feel and planning in this process.
The obvious con to this project would be cost as well as the impact on surrounding residential properties. Including things like city owned spaces for lease would help to offset the costs and would provide more opportunities for businesses to start up within the community. Also, working with neighbouring property owners and businesses would be necessary.
B) Many cities throughout Alberta and Canada own rental space for the very specific reason that you stated. Airdrie should not be any different. It makes solid financial sense to lease out city owned properties to offset costs.
For more information on the Downtown Visioning Data Results; visit https://www.airdrie.ca/getDocument.cfm?ID=4722
For more information on how we will move the city forward together; visit www.tinapetrow.com
August 4 at 1:18pm
Here's my question to all candidates: what do you want Airdrie to be when it grows up? Do you have an ideal population size? If we've surpassed it, what now? If we still have a ways to go, how do we get there responsibly and sustainably?
Hi Kim! Thank you so much for this question.
I would like to start out by saying that I think a lot of these questions would have evolving answers as the city grows. Different economic situations could change the outcome of our city, so it’s important that we are flexible with our planning.
I would like to see Airdrie become a place where the citizens who live here have what they need here and don’t have to leave the city to obtain it. I would like to see a stronger cultural structure within the city that can create opportunities for families to spend their money in our city. If we can create a well-rounded environment with more attractions, we could attract larger businesses to our city and also attract new economic opportunities via tourism. It would be wonderful to not only keep local dollars…. well local, but to attract outside money to come to our city through things like business conferences, athletic competitions, cultural displays and our unique atmosphere. Attracting larger businesses to our city would create new job opportunities and contribute to our tax base.
I don’t have an ideal population size in mind for our city. I think that that number would come into place better once the next 10 year plan is accomplished. It is important to stick true to the heritage that Airdrie has and not grow so large that we lose all of our surrounding agricultural land, so responsible growth will be key. It is a fine balance that needs to be maintained as, trying to stay small will not only keep us from advancing, but will actually put us in reverse as everything grows up around us and getting too big can sacrifice many of the qualities that we all love about Airdrie. I don’t feel that we have, in any way surpassed our maximum and we have great things ahead of us!
Going forward, we need to assess our needs for the future in long term planning as opposed to just fixing problems as they occur. Being proactive with our thinking can create many opportunities while keeping costs lower. Visionary planning for the future should include consultations with; residents, architects, city planners, developers, cultural specialists and environmentalists collaboratively to help us to create a place we can all be proud to call home for many, many years to come.
Happy Heritage Day
Wishing everyone a Happy Heritage Day!
What does Airdrie's Heritage look like to you? Grain, Trains, sports, Founding Families?
It is important to highlight our heritage and hold on to it.
Strong Roots are important... only with a strong root system can we grow stronger and bigger!!
A great question for all candidates from the Airdrie Election 2017 Facebook Page
Kay Jay Wte
July 30 at 11:06pm
I have a question for candidates. What have you done in the past five years to build a stronger Airdrie? If you are an incumbent councilmember, I would like to know what projects or programmes you spearheaded in your last term on council.
Thank you so much for this question Kayla Jessen! It is important to know the background of your candidates and their commitment level within the city.
To answer your question - I moved to Airdrie 5 years ago and became active in the community right away volunteering with the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society on their Board of Directors. This experience really launched my love of this community. Seeing how the city came out (even on very cold nights) to support one another and this organization, was inspiring.
I have volunteered with many organizations since such as:
- Airdrie Health Foundation
- Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie
- Airdrie Food Bank
- Rockyview School District (Elementary Schools)
- Airdrie Pro Rodeo
- Volunteer Airdrie
- The Nose Creek Players/ Bert Church Theatre
- Creative Airdrie (Mayor's Night of the Arts)
- 2014 Alberta Summer Games
- Air 106.1 (Host of "Tina's Tips")
- Airdrie MLA Election
- Calgary Reads "Wee Read" Program
- ATB Jail and Bail "Jail Bird"
- Airdrie Public Library
- Sagewood Community Festival
- Mike's March for Mental Health (Zombie Walk)
- Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society
- The Yay Airdrie Campaign
...and pretty much anywhere that will let me come on board. I believe that communities are built on volunteers and strong families, so I have tried to help wherever I can.
I shop local, try to attend as many local functions and city activities with my family as possible, and engage everyone that I know to get involved in their city! I also use many local sites to upcycle within the community whenever possible and to support small home based businesses.
Through my event planning company, Fuel Creative, I have been able to engage local suppliers instead of outsourcing for local events, while creating exciting, engaging events for our citizens, such as the Alberta Winter Games Bid Tour, The RVS 2017 Graduation Ceremonies and the Airdrie Volunteer of the Year Awards.