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Priorities and Finance Committee, Jul. 2, 2019

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The July 2, 2019, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

Downtown Strategy and Focus Update

Committee received an update on the Downtown Strategy and Focus - a top priority for The City of Calgary. The City of Calgary (The City) and its partners Calgary Economic Development (CED) and the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) are collectively focused on working together to help ensure downtown’s ongoing success now and into the future. The Downtown Strategy team will focus, align, and elevate the awareness of a coordinated strategy that leverages the collective efforts of The City and its public and private sector partners to respond to the prolonged economic challenges, and capitalize on opportunities that will create jobs, drive economic recovery, and revitalize the downtown. 

This will go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council directs Administration to continue implementing the Downtown Strategy, as identified through this report.

Improving Governance and Efficiency of PFC Meetings – Final Report

Committee received a report from Administration providing an update on the research and engagement activities undertaken related to this matter and to make final recommendations to improve governance and efficiency of the Priority and Finance Committee (PFC) meetings. This report builds on the overall findings presented in April 2019, Update on Foundational Research for Notice of Motion C2019-0073, which showed that extensive modifications to the mandate of PFC are not required at this time to achieve the desired improvements to governance and meeting efficiency. Analysis of the feedback gathered through stakeholder engagement and research suggests that, in addition to the enhanced abilities of PFC through the changes to the Procedure Bylaw, governance could be improved through a process to assess Notices of Motions at PFC before coming to Council for vote.  Further findings are outlined in the report along with the recommendation and suggested approaches for improving governance and efficiency of PFC meetings. 

The Committee referred the report back to Administration for further consultation with Members of Council.​

Pension Governance Committee Annual Report

Committee received the annual report detailing the pension governance activities at The City of Calgary in 2018, in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Pension Governance Committee (PGC). The Pension Governance Committee was established in 2002 for oversight of governance, including compliance with Alberta Employment Pension Plans Act, Public Sector Pension Plans Act and the Canadian Income Tax Act of pension plans in which City employees and Council participate. 

This will go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council receive this annual report for information.

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