END OF AN ERA: Calgary Regional Partnership

END OF AN ERA: Calgary Regional Partnership Mayors, Councilors and longtime community partners will gather for an 8:30 am breakfast, on Feb 28th 2018 at the Cochrane RancheHouse to close the doors of the CRP forever.

Effective January 1, 2018, the Government of Alberta created a new regulated entity, the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB), which will be responsible for planning in the Calgary Region. As a result, the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP), a collaboration of 11 municipalities established in 2004, has decided to voluntarily wind down its operations effective February 28, 2018.

Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, and the CRP Board are currently undertaking due diligence to ensure CRP’s assets will be distributed to maximize the benefits to the Calgary Region. This will include an endowment of approximately $1.8 million to the new CMRB. These funds, accrued over the years from CRP’s municipal membership fees, were used as operating reserves and to leverage matching grants for special projects such as launching regional transit. An endowment of data, research and planning documents will go to the CMRB and to the University of Calgary’s archives for research purposes. On-It Regional Transit will continue under management of Southland Transportation.

Bill Robertson, CRP Chairman says “that for almost 14 years, our voluntarily collaboration has worked together to lay the foundation for a healthy and prosperous future for the Region. As the new board moves forward, it is my hope they will build on CRP’s legacy of entrepreneurship. Things such as launching Calgary Region Inland Port and Foreign Trade Zone and initiating a partnership with the Port of Prince Rupert to strengthen Alberta agricultural exports to Asian markets, made our region stronger.”

Jim Dewald, Interim Parker Professor of Metropolitan Growth and Change, University of Calgary, has nothing but praise for the CRP which “filled a critical gap left when the Calgary Regional Planning Commission disbanded in 1995. Applying a voluntary collaboration-based model, rather than forced regulation, the CRP provided valuable research, policy, and implemented initiatives that will benefit the Region for years to come.” He adds, “The impact of the CRP causes one to ponder, could voluntary collaboration, essentially a market-based approach, actually be better than a regulated imposition? We’ll see.”

“The CRP was a one of a kind entrepreneurial collaboration. Over the past 14 years, we successfully created and delivered on very ambitious goals to foster sustainable growth of the Calgary Region”, says Colleen Shepherd. “I would like to thank all of the municipal leaders and community partners who have contributed to our success, as well as the Government of Alberta for their support and contribution. I would also like to thank my dedicated Board and staff for their extraordinary professionalism until the very end.”

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