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August 2 2022

Ahead of City budget decisions, businesses weigh in on spending priorities

City of Calgary

Calgary, August 2, 2022Gearing up for Growth, a report released today by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, highlights key priorities and recommendations ahead of upcoming Council decisions on the City of Calgary’s 2023-2026 Service Plans and Budgets.

“City spending is an important lever that can spur action among stakeholders with a vested interest in the success of our city,” says Deborah Yedlin, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “When we are aligned on priorities, the gears can work smoothly. If the City can create alignment in its next four-year budget, it can be an effective catalyst to a more resilient, diversified, and prosperous place for Calgarians – and businesses – to grow and thrive.”

Priorities were identified by a survey of businesses and several roundtable discussions with members of Council, Administration, and Chamber members representing key sectors and industries including tourism, arts, retail, non-profit, technology, and natural resources.

Priorities and recommendations

1. Develop Calgary’s narrative nationally and internationally

2. Attract, retain, and invest in talent

3. Build a safe and secure Calgary

4. Reduce barriers and costs of doing business

Read the full report: Gearing up for Growth

The City’s 2023 – 2026 Service Plans and budget is expected to be finalized later this year with the next phase of public engagement beginning September 1. The engagement is an important opportunity for the public, including Calgary businesses, to weigh into the decisions that shape Council’s future investment decisions.

About the Calgary Chamber

The Calgary Chamber exists to help businesses thrive. As the convenor and catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous business community, the Chamber works to build strength and resilience among its members and position Calgary as a magnet for talent, diversification, and opportunity. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, we build on our 131-year history to serve and advocate for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, and across the city.

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