Crisis averted?

Flood mitigation efforts continue in the wake of 2013 disaster, but much still needs to be done

Apart from the cool uniforms, boy scouts are known for their motto: be prepared. In the wake of the 2013 flood, Calgary and the province are taking a page from the Boy Scout handbook and hoping to write a happy ending for homeowners.

“In preparing for future risks, we recognize that flooding is a complicated problem,” said Frank Frigo, senior planning engineer with water resources for the City of Calgary and the City’s leader of watershed analysis.

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Home sweet home

Habitat for Humanity celebrates completion of six new affordable homes in Bowness

Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated the completion of six new homes in Bowness that will provide affordable home ownership opportunities to six Calgary families.

“At Habitat, we know how difficult it is for families to break into the housing market,” said Gerrad Oishi, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. “That’s why we’re committed to working with our community to provide affordable home ownership opportunities for families. We’re so thankful for every sponsor, donor, community partner and volunteer who has stepped up to make affordable home ownership opportunities possible for six families in Bowness.”

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Future leaders

Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies is developing tomorrow’s real estate professionals

While interest accruing on a mortgage balance is rarely a welcome sight, the growing interest in the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary is a different story.

Part of the Haskayne School of Business, the Westman Centre was founded in 2012 with $7.6 million in funding from the real estate industry, which included a $5 million endowment from Jay Westman. Its mission is to be a catalyst for the development of real estate professionals and a leading centre of excellence for real estate studies through its teaching, research and community engagement activities.

“Industry saw a need for a program where graduates would have a firm grasp of the real estate sector and the career opportunities it could offer,” said Jessica Abt, the centre’s director.

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Driving development

Southwest ring road is poised to usher in new era of growth in Calgary’s south end

It’s been a long time coming, but the southwest section of Calgary’s ring road is finally being built, and the city’s developer community is among those most thrilled to see construction going ahead.

“It’s really going to open up growth in the area, and provide not just opportunities for new communities, but also existing ones,” said Steve LePan, director of sales and marketing with Anthem United.

“We’re certainly happy to see it moving forward, because it would have had a negative impact (on our development in the area) if it had not been approved.”

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