City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment and Calgary Stampede Agree to Create New Event Centre

I am pleased to announce an agreement between the City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Stampede regarding the construction of a new Event Centre in east Victoria Park!

The agreement lays out the terms of a partnership that will see the creation of facilities to serve as public gathering places for significant events; attract world-leading performing artists, and serve as the new home to the Flames, Hitmen and Roughnecks.

As I’ve said before – this isn’t just about hockey. The new event centre and surrounding cultural and entertainment district will be where Calgarians will watch concerts, attend festivals, sporting events, and most importantly make memories with friends and family.

Today is about community building, and how we move our City forward. Together, three partners have agreed to a vision about how we imagine our City and create the Calgary of tomorrow.

As proud Calgarians, we look forward to sharing in the success of this facility and a revitalized Culture and Entertainment District in the decades to come.

Press Release: Cllr. Davison and Cllr. Carra to Co-host Charity Hoedown with Crew of the H.M.C.S Calgary

Press Release: Cllr. Davison and Cllr. Carra to Co-host Charity Hoedown with Crew of the H.M.C.S Calgary

On Wednesday July 3, celebrate our amazing community with Councillor Jeff Davison, Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra, and Crew of the H.M.C.S Calgary with some toe tappin', BBQ eatin' good times. Proceeds will be donated to the Alex Community Food Centre and the Foothills Burn Unit.

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An Apology to Calgary's Business Community and Our Plan Moving Forward

This week was difficult.  Many Calgary businesses received their property tax bills and saw an unsustainable increase that threatens their livelihood.

I apologize that those tax bills went out and the anxieties they have caused the business community. Those bills should have never have gone out. I also apologize that during this economic crisis there has been a lack of leadership, right from the top.

This problem has been a long time coming. Past city councils have made some questionable decisions on City taxation.  Quite honestly, we have depended too much on businesses to support our city. Now, the process around assessment has failed us– and businesses are closing.

With all that said, there is a group of City Councillors prepared to make a fix come Monday:

First, we have committed $71 million from our “rainy day” fund to help offset these outrageous business tax hikes.  There is no doubt that it is raining hard right now and we need to protect businesses.

Second, – our plan will direct the administration to find an additional $60 M in operating budget cuts by the end of July.

This is $131 million will ensure that 2019 non-residential taxes will not increase over 2018 rates, and will in fact, ensure a cut from those 2018’s non-residential rates. We need our businesses in our communities to stay as healthy as possible and this will provide immediate relief.

Finally, we will be talking to our partners in the Province to find a solution together that addresses the assessment reform, so that this does not happen again.

A long-term fix is needed, and I am fully prepared to have that conversation. But for now, please accept my apology for this mess and know that those of us on City Council who are willing to stand up and protect small business in our City. Thank you.