Friday, February 11, 2011

Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. - Public Engagement Launched

This is a video of Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Stephani Roy McCallum of Dialogue Partners discussing Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. on January 31, 2011.

The City today launched the engagement process for the facilitated review of core services and The City’s business planning and budget process. The project – being called Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. – is an extensive public and internal engagement process that will provide multiple participation opportunities for citizens and City employees to be involved.

The public and internal engagement process will facilitate conversations with citizens, employees and Council to identify and confirm immediate priorities while keeping an eye on the longer-term vision that will support the future that Calgarians envision. This 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 Council’s plan for Calgary for the next three year business planning and budget cycle as well as help The City understand what must be done to attain the vision for a longer-term sustainable future.

The website for the project – - was launched today and contains details citizens can use to find an upcoming event to attend, or participate online. The first workshops will begin February 23, with several planned for that week. Online activities will happen over the course of the project. The engagement process will continue through May, 2011.

Whitney Smithers, Manager, Business Planning & Budget Coordination, said, “This project is about getting Calgarians to tell us what they value most and where their priorities lie for the next three years, building on the vision developed in the imagineCALGARY process. The input received through the engagement sessions is critical to The City’s business planning and budget process and will be shared throughout the project.”

“This public engagement process is designed to welcome everyone to participate. Attend any of the many community sessions we have planned, or provide your input online – your choice – what is important is that you provide your ideas for Council and Administration to consider in their planning for the future,” said Stephani Roy McCallum, Managing Director, Dialogue Partners.

For participation information, please visit

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