Monday, January 31, 2011
Public Engagement Process for Business Planning Announced
The City of Calgary wants citizen input on how to spend tax dollars to run the city, and will be providing various means for Calgarians to provide feedback and take part in discussions about what matters to them.
The project, a public engagement process for the upcoming budget cycle will be discussed at an upcoming Council meeting on Monday, February 7, 2011.
“Today we have moved one step closer to transforming the way we do our business at The City of Calgary,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Council is committed to including as many Calgarians as possible in helping us better understand their needs and priorities so that we can make the right decisions today for the Calgary we want for our children and our grandchildren well into the future.”
The project, which will launch on 2011 February 11, and will provide a final report in June, will be led by Dialogue Partners Inc. a consulting firm headquartered in Ottawa with extensive experience in implementing large scale public engagement projects.
“Budgets are a reflection of values, priorities and needs, and a tool to deliver services that are important to staff, Council and citizens,” said Stephani Roy McCallum, Managing Director at Dialogue Partners.
The cost for the engagement and communications program that will inform the 2012-14 business planning and budget cycle will be under $1 million.
This public and internal engagement process will continue the journey towards achieving the 100-year vision articulated in imagineCALGARY and other long-term strategies such as the Calgary Transportation Plan and the Municipal Development Plan. The input received through the process will inform business planning and budgeting for the next three to ten years and will help The City understand what must be done to attain our vision for a sustainable future.