Courageous conversations

Candidates spar at CREB® mayoral forum

Calgary’s top three mayoral candidates discussed a variety of issues on Sept. 21 at CREB®’s Courageous Conversations, an exclusive forum focusing on housing-related issues critical to REALTORS® and the city.

Candidates Andre Chabot and Bill Smith joined incumbent Naheed Nenshi in CREB®’s W. Frank Johns Auditorium as the candidates took verbal jabs at each other over several issues.

The forum was hosted and moderated by CREB® CEO Alan Tennant. (more…)

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A strong arts community for a strong city

The 2017 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions celebrates the power of art

Beyond bricks and mortar, it’s culture that speaks to the heart of the city. The annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is proof the arts community is not only alive, but thriving in Calgary.

This year’s sold out lunch, held on March 22, once again brought together Calgary’s business and art communities to recognize the important relationships that foster artistic achievement.

“We see leaders in our community create canvases for dreams to take shape,” said Randy Ferguson, COO of Strategic Group, the Champion sponsor of the Mayor’s Lunch. “That is what makes a great city. Not a good or a functional city, but a great city. One that people learn from, admire, and replicate.”

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Year-end sit down with Nenshi

CREB®Now looks back on 2016 with Calgary mayor

CREB®Now had the chance to sit down with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to get his birds-eye view on some of the city’s most pressing issues over the past year, including who he believes is Calgary’s hero for 2016. Here’s what he had to say:

CREB®Now: There has been a lot of discussion regarding the cost of doing business in this city, both in the core and the suburban areas. What is the city doing to minimize their burden in the current economic climate?

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Driving diversity

Film centre represents just one example of efforts to transform local economy, say officials

Film production may be the world’s glamour industry, but in Calgary it is shooting to become a new driver of Alberta’s diversified economy.

Last week, the $28.2-million Calgary Film Centre opened in a Calgary southeast industrial park, about 20 minutes from downtown. The new facility includes three new sound stages spread across a total of 50,000 square feet and three multi-purpose workshop spaces offering an additional 15,000 square feet.

Calgary Economic Development president and CEO Mary Moran said the film and television industry is just one sector being focused on in attempt to diversify the local economy. CED predicts it could provide an annual $500-million injection into the economy in as little as five years, compared to its $175-million share today.

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