The upcoming AAMDC Spring 2016 Convention takes place March 14-16, 2016 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. Part of the jam packed agenda are three exciting workshops. All workshops are from 2:50 pm – 4:10 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The details of each of the three workshops are featured below and will also be available through the AAMDC mobile app and the convention handbook.  

The Future Is Bright: Municipalities and Solar Power

As municipalities take steps to address climate change, the use of solar power as an alternative form of energy has been growing in popularity. In this workshop, members will learn about the broad solar landscape and how Alberta municipalities are investing in this technology to provide clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy costs.  Panel members include David Dodge from Green Energy Futures and Mayor Stephen Lindop from the Town of Devon. The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will also be on hand to highlight the recently announced Alberta Municipal Solar Program, which received $5 million in funding for municipal solar projects.

Planning Proactively: Inter-municipal Development Plans

As the provincial government sets to introduce amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA), it is anticipated that there will be expanded requirements for municipalities to enter into inter-municipal development plans (IDP) with their municipal neighbors. Though many rural municipalities already engage in this activity, it is important that all municipalities are able to approach inter-municipal planning with the right tools and resources to ensure continued success and sustainability for their regions. This workshop will cover topics such as potential changes to IDPs in the new MGA, items to include in an IDP, conflict resolution and arbitration, and common pitfalls or areas to use caution when drafting an IDP.

Speakers will include Darryl Howery from Applications Management Consulting, Harry Harker from CitySpaces Consulting Ltd., and Gary Buchanan from Opus Stewart Weir.

Driving Success: Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Consultation

The Government of Alberta is consulting with municipal partners and stakeholders to restore the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This workshop, facilitated by Dave McGarva of Tantus Solutions Group, will address three primary components of the STIP: the Local Road Bridge Program, the Resource Road Program and the Community Airport Program. Discussion will focus on:

  • Aligning municipal and provincial priorities related to STIP funding
  • Potential for change from application-based to formula-based allocation within the Local Road Bridge Program
  • Administrative improvements that can be made
  • The division of funding between components
  • Cost-sharing ratios between the province and municipalities

The workshop will provide members the opportunity to discuss STIP with one another and assist Alberta Transportation in structuring STIP to meet the needs of rural municipalities. Enrollment is capped at two participants per AAMDC member municipality, and participants must have signed up in advance. To register to attend this workshop, please contact AAMDC Policy Analyst, Wyatt Skovron at wyatt.skovron@aamdc.com.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Matt Dow

Policy Analyst

780.955.4085

Kim Heyman

Director of Advocacy & Communications

780.955.4079

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