Jun 08, 2017
(EDMONTON June 8, 2017) The Capital Region Board used its possibly-final meeting today as an opportunity to plan ahead as well as reflect back on 10 years of collaboration and regional success.

With the prospect of a significant Board change expected soon, as part of a new regulation for the Capital Region Board, its membership took time to celebrate the decade of new regionalism it symbolizes and make plans to transition to the smaller Board of 13.

“As 24 we have created a state-of-the-art Growth Plan for the long-term prosperity of our region, we’ve coalesced around a more fitting name - Edmonton Metropolitan Region, and we’ve gotten the ball rolling on regional economic development to enhance our global competitiveness,” said Board Chair Nolan Crouse. “That’s fulfilling the vision in our tagline, Regional Action, Global Opportunity.”

The Board is slated to become 13 member municipalities, those in the region with a population of 5000 or more, once the regulation is in place with the passage of Bill 21, the Modernized Municipal Government Act.  The Board today approved the elements of a transition plan to ensure the new Board – whatever its size - is ready for the post municipal election period.

The 11 municipalities slated to depart were recognized for their key involvement in the successes of the CRB at a celebratory luncheon for all regional municipal elected officials that followed the Board meeting.

“I think we can also be very proud of the collaborative spirit we’ve fostered amongst ourselves, big and small. It remains our greatest strength and may come to be seen as the essence of success for future growth management boards,” said Crouse.

See full story of 10 years in HOR1Z0NS, the CRB 2016-17 Annual Report, released today

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