Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CalgaryInfrastructure.ca recognized for innovation at the 2009 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence

A City of Calgary website that maps and tracks infrastructure projects and dollars has received Honourable Mention at the 2009 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence.

Ray Danyluk, Minister of Municipal Affairs, presented the award on Nov. 6, at the annual Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) conference at the Telus Convention Centre.

“These awards help us celebrate innovation and ingenuity in our municipalities and the work each of you do to make our communities thrive,” said Danyluk to hundreds of municipal leaders comprising Alberta’s 69 counties and municipal districts. “There is some very good work being done by our municipal leaders. Your ability to see the bigger picture, to think beyond the single projects helps build solid foundations in our municipalities.”

Launched in June, the calgaryinfrastructure.ca website features an interactive map that identifies most of the 600 capital projects funded by The City’s approved 2009 – 2013 capital budget. The projects’ details, construction schedule and progress status, sources of funding and project costs can all be tracked via the mapping tool. In some instances photos and videos of construction progress are also available.

“The purpose of the site is to provide The City of Calgary’s five-year, $6 billion capital investments, for citizens, federal and provincial stakeholders as well as our industry partners to see what Calgary’s doing over the next five years and to demonstrate transparency and accountability,” said Terry Wong, the website’s Project Manager.

“This Website gives the citizens of Calgary as well as our funding partners the ability to see exactly where our money’s being spent and how it’s being spent and where the stimulus is going in the economy.”

Ron Singh, the web project lead, said that he’s most proud of the infrastructure website’s accessibility.

“The site is Web 2.0 enabled and uses advanced technologies such as Flash, Java Script, Flex mapping - but we’re most pleased because we adhered to stringent accessibility guidelines while still being able to create an engaging user experience,” said Singh.

“I am extremely proud of the team that created this website and in an incredible time span of just five weeks from concept to production.”

The calgaryinfrastructure.ca was developed and built entirely in-house at a cost of $25,000, also won a prestigious international award called The Interactive Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in September for exceeding the “highest standards of excellence in website design and development” under the category of ‘Government.’

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