Can Trail Do More To Attract Nightlife?
Does the city of Trail need to do more to retain local spending when it comes to the hospitality sector?
It's a question we put to Trail City Councillor and financial expert Kevin Jolly in light of Nelson's strong live entertainment, restaurant and night-life offerings.
The Nelson Chamber has said it hopes to see some of that big bonus money recently given to TECK employees come to the Queen City.
Jolly says they too have plans with their downtown revitalisation but the local economy will be diverse. "Part of that means new restaurants , sidewalk cafe's , etc but I'll point something out that I think is very important - govenment doesn't drive business. The free market is what will determine ultimately what businesses will come and set up shop."
Jolly says Trail is already catching up to Nelson in terms of hospitality and sites a new unique restaurant, the vibrant Royal Theatre and Downtown Market.
But he adds those TECK worker dollars are finding their way across many local economic sectors and Trail's unique character is a renowned feature which recenlty gained plaudits from Micheal Geller's popular blog in the Vancouver Sun.