Citizen Engagement Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you, whether an elected official or member of municipal administration, some helpful and practical advice and tools to support effective citizen engagement. It has been developed to have application for Alberta municipalities of all sizes and in regard for differences in geographic locations and demographics. Citizen engagement provides municipalities a means to incorporate citizen values, interests, needs and desires into their decision-making processes and decisions. It improves municipal decision-making by bringing all perspectives to the table.

While there are risks associated with citizen engagement, it can be extremely beneficial with some thoughtful and careful planning. This toolkit includes helpful best practices to give you good food for thought as you consider how best to engage with your citizens; it also provides all the relevant templates to design and plan engagement activities, move you to action and then evaluate your progress. No two elected officials or municipalities needs are the same, which makes it critical to invest in your own approach – one that is designed for your unique context.

Download: Citizen Engagement Toolkit

Asset Management  for Municipalities in Alberta: Navigating the Asset Management Journey

The AAMDC report Asset Management for Municipalities in Alberta: Navigating the Asset Management Journey is a comprehensive high-level report for AAMDC members and all municipalities in Alberta. Asset management is not a one-time action or a report to be left on the shelf, it is a journey of continuous improvement. When municipalities make a strong commitment to the sustainability of their communities through the maintenance of their assets and infrastructure, it is the local residents the reap the benefits. By discussing the need to engage with stakeholders both internal and external to the municipality, and linking asset management with the municipalities broader vision and goals, the AAMDC hopes that asset management implementation will be strengthened and refined across municipalities in Alberta.

Download: Asset Management for Municipalities in Alberta

Download: Asset Management for Municipalities in Alberta Summary Report

 

 

 

Examining Municipal Government Models from the Alberta Perspective

The study is intended to provide AAMDC members with a resource to participate in discussions about Alberta’s municipal government structures, as there has been considerable commentary during the past year regarding regionalizing municipal government. The study examines several municipal models in jurisdictions across Canada and the United States, as well as Alberta’s municipal district and specialized municipality structure. Each model is evaluated based on a number of criteria that contribute to a municipality’s effectiveness.

 

 
 

 

AAMDC AUMA Citizen Engagement Social Media Resource Guide

Citizen engagement serves an important role for gathering feedback and advising residents of municipal initiatives and decisions. Social media has challenged traditional engagement practices and to prepare municipalities for enhanced citizen engagement, the AAMDC and AUMA released a Social Media Resource Guide for municipal citizen engagement in January 2015.

 

 
 

 

 

Apples to Apples: Rural Finance in Alberta

Want to know more about linear taxation and why it is vital for rural municipalities? 
Check out AAMDC’s
Apples to Apples report that looks at the current state of rural municipal finances to determine if the current taxation system can support the long-term financial viability of rural municipalities. The report highlights expenses, not just revenue, which must be considered in any discussion of municipal finances. 

 

 

Got Gravel? Securing Gravel for Rural Municipalities

Competition for gravel in Alberta is high because of the significance of its use in the construction and maintenance of both public and private sector infrastructure. The approaches recommended are cooperative, enabling the public, government and commercial interests to be met. Implementing the recommendations made in this report set the stage for better aggregate management in Alberta, specifically for the identification and allocation of strategic reserves to accommodate future public works needs.

 

 

 

Recent Public Reports Released By The AAMDC

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To enhance the buying power of all members and associate members by ensuring the availability of quality, competitively-priced goods and services on a province wide basis.
 

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Advocacy works to ensure that provincial and federal decision-makers, industry and other relevant stakeholders understand and incorporate rural Alberta’s best interests in their policies.