Albert Koehler is seeking a second term on city council.
The incumbent announced his plans Friday afternoon.
Koehler says he has worked closely with post-secondary education institutions regarding programs and successfully lobbied for more innovation and diversification, during his three years on council. He has campaigned to
reign in municipal tax increases and last year was successful in having council limit the tax increase to 2.5 per cent, however a push this year for 1.5 per cent limit didn’t get the support of council.
“As a city councillor it is about the greater good of our community,” said Koehler in announcing his re-election bid. “Your opinion counts.”
He said he supports the essential services including road rehabilitation, efficient snow and ice removal and maintaining city infrastructure. Over and above the essential services, Koehler’s campaign will also emphasize:
• A fair tax framework with potential tax increases not exceeding the cost of living.
• Innovation and education to make Prince George more competitive, which will result in new employment and investment in the city.
• Development of a concrete plan for growth in our city, which includes potential direct flights from Europe, new programs at UNBC and CNC, and making downtown more vibrant and attractive.
His first official appearance after announcing his campaign is at the Two Rivers Gallery Mini Maker Faire on Saturday
September 20, where he is a part of a booth supporting kids and innovation.
Koehler is a certified mechanic, engineer, university professor, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, board member, and volunteer. His volunteer work includes the PGSO, Yellowhead Rotary Club, Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures, APEG, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, and the founder of the Northern Technology and Engineering Society of BC (NTES), which now has close to 300 members.
Koehler has chaired many large organizations, successfully founded three corporations, and has registered six patents, including the first multi-bit screwdriver with bits in the handle that can be operated and changed with one hand. He
says he strongly believes in innovation and a diversified economy, as well as sustainable development which adds value to resources and creates new employment opportunities.