Development Industry Holds First Plan For Growth Forum

WINNIPEG – The Urban Development Institute (UDI), Manitoba hosted the first Plan For Growth Forum today, featuring compelling new data about the developable land available to meet Winnipeg’s current and projected growth needs.

The event successfully brought together senior municipal and provincial officials with industry experts to explore a number of key issues.

“This day was all about sharing information and taking a snapshot of where we’re at so that we can plan for the next 5, 10, 25, 50 years,” said Eric Vogan, President, Urban Development Institute. “We want to focus on what’s needed to grow Winnipeg to a million people in a responsible, planned and strategic manner.”

The forum program included a panel discussion with several national experts and also featured interactive presentations on land supply and regional infrastructure requirements. Panel participant Jeff Fielding, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Calgary believes that clear goals and strong collaboration are required from both industry and government. “This forum is a great example of the type of work and information needed for successful city planning,” he said.

Those attending the event were pleased with the level of engagement and collaborative atmosphere.

“Having been a planner in both the public and private sector, I’ve seen that both are looking for the same things from planning,” said UDI member Bryan Ward. “There has been a gap in how to discuss that with each other. Today was a giant step forward in closing that gap.”

For More Information Contact:
Bryan Ward
Urban Development Institute
204-255-9771
bward@qualico.com