Construction begins on public space and flood resiliency projects in Eau Claire
Enabling work began in March to prepare for construction of the Eau Claire Promenade/Downtown Flood Barrier, redesigned Eau Claire Plaza, and the replacement of the Jaipur Bridge. The projects combine flood protection, lifecycle improvements, enhanced safety measures, and the goal of building more resilient and vibrant downtown communities for the people who live, work, visit and travel the area. Construction will kick into full gear later this spring, with all three projects completed in 2023.
Eau Claire Project facts:
- ~$59 million invested in Eau Claire area public space and flood resiliency projects between 2020 and 2023
Source: The City of Calgary
Infosys creating 500 new tech jobs downtown
Infosys, a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, announced in March that it will create 500 jobs in downtown Calgary as part of its commitment to double its Canadian workforce to 4,000 employees by 2023. Infosys currently has fewer than 10 employees in Calgary and an expansion here enables the company to expand work with clients in Canada, the Central U.S. and Pacific Northwest across natural resources, energy, media, retail and communications.
- Infosys works in 46 countries and has 250,000 employees worldwide
- Infosys is hiring tech talent from 14 Canadian post-secondary institutes, including the University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Source: Calgary Economic Development
Inaugural Chinook Blast lights up Downtown
Chinook Blast, Calgary’s mid-winter roundup, welcomed Calgarians outside to enjoy Calgary as a winter city. This year’s Blast included a series of outdoor art, light, and cultural displays that Calgarians could experience safely with their family cohort. Local artists illuminated winter weekend nights in February at the Chinook Blast Hub, an outdoor art park running from the East Village through the downtown core and into Chinatown, as well as a number of partner sites around downtown Calgary. This included Kensington Love, Northern Reflections in Inglewood, Fort Chinook in Victoria Park, and the Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase.
Chinook Blast facts:
- 120+ local artists featured and included
- 10 founding civic partners
- Supported 17 BIAs
- 50+ local businesses participated
- 391,903 people attended
- $3.35 million in economic impact and directly supported the equivalent of 21 full time jobs
Source: Chinook Blast
Adaptive Roadways return to make it easier to move safely
To help provide Calgarians with the space needed to safely walk, run, skateboard and cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic, The City of Calgary has brought back the Adaptive Roadways Program for 2021. Under the program, road lanes are closed to motor vehicle traffic so they can be used by people who are walking, running, cycling and rollerblading. These roadways provide spaces for citizens to remain active and explore the city, while physically distancing to create more safe spaces for movement.
Adaptive roadway facts:
- 7 adaptive roadways currently open around Calgary
Downtown Adaptive roadways include:
- Centre Street Bridge Lower Deck (7 days/week)
- 4 Avenue S.W./Bow Trail Connector (Weekends only)
- 7.25 km of adaptive roadways throughout Calgary
- 1.25 km of adaptive roadways downtown
Source: The City of Calgary