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December 2, 2019: Jeff Davison, Calgary Ward 6 Counsellor.     www.JeffDavisonYYC.ca

Bob Pearson introduced Jeff Davison. Here's the intro from Jeff's website:

"I have extensive experience in responsibly managing public dollars, ensuring accountability and value for all our citizens. In my career, I’ve been a key contributor in defining the voice of organizations by developing standout integrated marketing strategies, corporate communications initiatives and risk assessment profiling. I’m an entrepreneur and currently run my own communications company, consulting for several technology and energy clients.

"From 1999 to 2009 I held various exploration and communications roles at Canadian Natural, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas producers. From 2009 to 2012 I was Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Poynt Corp., where I focused on building brand and expanding the company’s international audience. Since 2012, I have been consulting for several companies including Getty Images where I managed global integrated marketing efforts for multiple brands and products. In addition, I am the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a Calgary / Los Angeles based private media production company and a Founder and Senior Partner with a privately held strategic acquisition corporation. For over a decade I’ve given back to the greater Calgary community by volunteering for the Calgary Stampede Promotions Committee supporting thousands of Calgary and surrounding area not-for-profit events. I have also previously served as a board member for the Missing Children’s Society of Canada."

Jeff's key interest is to bring back a pro-business stance to the City of Calgary. Calgary is one of the most liveable cities in the world. Our population continues to grow despite the downturn in the energy sector.

14 new communities have been approved.

The new LRT Green Line will be the biggest project in our history. Phase I has been approved at a cost of $4.9 billion and will run from 16th Ave N to 126 Ave SE. It will create 12,000 direct jobs, 8,000 supporting jobs and is expected to service 16,000 passengers each day. Construction will begin in early 2021.

The new Event Centre has been approved at a cost of $550 million to be shared equally between the city and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. This is not just a facility for the Flames, but will be a key piece in the whole new Culture and Entertainment District. It will create 1,800 construction jobs and provide new revenues of $1.2 billion each year.

Jeff finished his formal presentation early, which left a lot of time for questions. Our members had many for him.

  • Flood control and the cost of insurance for those at risk in flood areas.
  • Assessment reform needed for small business.
  • Police and Fire services were not cut.
  • The $60 million reduction in city budget was not achieved. While city council froze their salaries, the unions did not.
  • Calgary tax costs are not the lowest in Canada, but are 3rd from the lowest 1
  • Calgary is working towards economic diversification through the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund 2 It was set up with $100 million. Thus far eight projects have been given awards for $23.4 million. Jeff noted one example of a robotics firm that created 988 jobs helped by a grant of $250K.

1 www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-tax-burden-comparison-cd-howe-2018-report-1.4950988
2 www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/about-us/initiatives/opportunity-calgary-investment-fund/

President Gerry thanked our speaker and provided him with a Boltman.

  • Jeff Davison and Gerry Meek Jeff Davison and Gerry Meek

reported by Duncan Stanners

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