Intermunicipal Collaboration Required in new MGA

Intermunicipal Collaboration Required in new MGA

One of the many requirements of the new MGA will be an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework.   This is for those municipalities outside of the greater Calgary and Edmonton regions.   The provincial government intends to work with stakeholders to define the requirements.  From their posting, they indicate the regulations will include: minimum requirements regarding Intermunicipal land-use planning; minimum […]

Smart Towns welcomes Douglas Perry

Smart Towns welcomes Douglas Perry

Patrick Bergen, Managing Partner is pleased to welcome Douglas Perry to the Smart Towns team. Doug is a technology industry veteran with 20 years experience in hardware and software design. As a director in BlackBerry’s Devices Group, Doug developed secure engineering solutions for an ever increasingly mobile and cloud-based world. Doug brings his experience and passion […]

Sunshine List a Thing of the Past

Sunshine List a Thing of the Past

November 20, 2015 The Alberta government is working its way through the process of publishing the “Sunshine List”.  This is a list of everyone deemed to be making a large salary that is employed by the provincial government.  There has been much discussion about whether this is a good idea or not.  The province’s Bill 5 […]

Alberta 2016 Municipal Budgeting Reports

Alberta 2016 Municipal Budgeting Reports

You can now order the Alberta 2016 Municipal Budgeting Reports!  These reports will compare your municipality with similar sized municipalities as well as neighbouring ones.  The reports are reasonably priced but have been proven to have a big impact.  For more details go to: 2016 Municipal Reports Now Available or contact: John McCall jmccall@smarttowns.ca

Best Drama of 2015 – Calgary Budget

Best Drama of 2015 – Calgary Budget

If you have followed the Calgary press over the last few weeks, you will be riveted to the noise around the 2016 budget deliberations or lack thereof.  The excitement is surrounding the 4 year budget cycle passed by Calgary Council last year that has a 4.7% increase for this coming year.  The budget last year was duly […]

Municipalities growing in cost and number of Employees

Municipalities growing in cost and number of Employees

Recently both Calgary and Edmonton have been pressed to publish what is known as a “sunshine list”. A sunshine list details all municipal employees who earn more than $100,000. Included are salary, benefits, position and name. Ontario has had the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act since 1996 which includes the province, municipalities and a host […]

Tax savings not a priority for Alberta municipalities

Tax savings not a priority for Alberta municipalities

  This article is the first of a series of articles about municipal performance published in papers across Alberta.  October 15, 2014 By Patrick Bergen – pbergen@smarttowns.ca Managing Director of Smart Towns Inc. – a company that builds excellence in municipalities through comparative analytics. It’s that time of year again.  Municipal councils are huddled with […]