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Can Growth Really Pay Growth – A Tale of Two Cities – GFOA Conference, September 21-23

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of Western Canada 2016 Conference will be held in Kelowna, BC later this week. Joel Short, a Senior Planner and Partner from our Kelowna office will be speaking on Thursday September 21st. Read more on his presentation below.

Can Growth Really Pay for Growth? – A Tale of Two Cities

When:Thursday September 22, 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM
Presenters: Joel Short – Urban Systems, Kathy Dietrich – City of Calgary, Kim Sare – City of Regina

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Both Calgary and Regina conducted extensive consultation processes to update their development charge policies to fairly allocate costs of growth-related capital infrastructure, and work towards achieving financial sustainability over the long-term. The resulting rates in some cases went up by almost 50% yet they managed to receive industry acceptance and both cities successfully adopted new rates for 2016. Hear about how they did it, the lessons learned, and how you can apply them in your community.

View the conference program here.

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