A review of the local economy had some ups and downs in Morinville.
Morinville town council received a detailed review of their business licence statistics and policies at the last council meeting.
The results showed that they sold 513 business licences in 2017, down slightly from 518 in 2016.
"We've seen with the economy both businesses come into town and businesses leave, one of things that we're really looking for is a strategy for how to attract more business but also retain the ones we have," said mayor Lisa Holmes.

The average annual business licence revenue for Morinville is around $60,000.

One stat council did discuss was the cost per licensing, as a residential business license in Morinville ($100) costs more than Fort Saskatchewan ($91.80).
Non-residential licences did come in cheaper for Morinville ($200), compared to in Fort Saskatchewan ($309).
"I've been told that the town doesn't need anymore pizza places or places to buy liquor and that we really need to focus on getting more family friendly things," mentioned Holmes.
Coming in at the top of the business charts were retail, accommodation, foods and professional services.



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