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Council is very pleased that last week the Alberta Government tabled the Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) 20-year extension. This CRL creates a self-funding mechanism within the Entertainment and Cultural District (as the East Village is being developed).

Early this year, Council supported my notice of motion 14-1 to utilize the CRL as the funding source for the BMO convention expansion to a Tier 1 convention centre. BMO will be the first step in establishing a catalyst anchor for the Entertainment & Cultural District. The BMO expansion will have an incremental impact of over $73M ($220M total), and create 1800 jobs during construction and 500 additional jobs after construction. The proposed funding of the BMO expansion would consist of the participation of all three orders of Government.

At the upcoming December 17th Council Meeting, the Community Revitalization Levy report will be addressed by Council. I need the support of Council to get this project over the finish line; this is a team effort that has been the collaboration of many stakeholders. The business model was vetted, and consultant reports were conducted that verify the BMO expansion is “the right direction”.

We need to move Calgary forward and take action to start the vision of the Rivers District and the Entertainment and Cultural District. Please let your councillor know if you support the BMO expansion. #YYC Proud.

For more information, watch Sarah Offin on Global Newshere and sign up for my monthly Ward 1 Report at www.WardSutherland.com

Categories: Arts and Recreation; Councillor; Developments and Projects


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