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Economic Development & Tourism

Economic Development & Tourism

Building Calgary's economy, global reputation & encouraging entrepreneurs

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Service description

Economic Development & Tourism supports Calgary’s vibrant, resilient economy, economic diversity and employment. We build Calgary’s global reputation, encourage businesses to invest and operate in Calgary, and support entrepreneurship, innovation and placemaking. We plan and enact tourism and destination strategies that attract businesses and visitors to Calgary, operate world-class attractions, and deliver programs and services for Calgarians and visitors.

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What we heard

You look to us to improve quality of life through job creation or employment and in national feedback, the majority of respondents had positive impressions of Calgary as a place to do business. Most Calgarians reported they had visited one of The City’s cultural attractions in the last year, and the majority agreed Calgary’s attractions offer good value for tax dollars.
2018 Citizen Satisfaction Survey

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Council direction

We support Council directives though economic development and tourism programs, and initiatives our Civic Partners deliver. Our focus remains on helping Calgary grow as a magnet for talent, to be a place where there is opportunity for all, and to be the best place in Canada to start and grow a business. 

Initiatives include:
  • collaborative implementation of Calgary in the New Economy: An Update to the Economic Strategy,
  • contributions to the local economy from cultural attractions and convention centre delegates,
  • support for entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses,
  • support for strong businesses at the neighbourhood level,
  • marketing Calgary as a destination for business and leisure travellers,
  • and a variety of initiatives aimed at addressing reconciliation including programming at Fort Calgary.
We will continue to contribute to a sustainable and resilient city, with a reputation for high-quality events and attractions, and build a business-friendly environment which helps ensure Calgary is a city of choice for residents and visitors. 
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