Alberta’s Finance Minister, The Honourable Joe Ceci, will be in Cold Lake during the Mid-Size Mayor’s Caucus, which will be held September 17th-18th. The Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta will be attending the Caucus, as well. Both will be addressing the attending mayors and chief administrative officers, and will allow time for Q&A sessions for the group.
In a press release provided by the City, Cold Lake’s Mayor Craig Copeland says the City wants “to showcase our area and make the most out of everyone’s time.”
**The following is a press release from The City of Cold Lake
The City of Cold Lake will play host the Alberta Mid-Size Cities Caucus, with mayors and chief administrative officers from almost 20 municipalities confirmed to attend next week.
The Alberta Mid-Size Cities Caucus is a group of municipalities that represent 22 urban centres throughout the province, with a total population of over 900,000 people. The group includes recognized Alberta cities and other municipalities with an urban centre of more than 10,000 residents. Members welcome the chance to partner on strategies to address common concerns, challenges and opportunities.
“This is our first time playing host to the Alberta Mid-Size Cities Caucus and we are excited for the opportunity,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “The big cities and smaller urban centres will often have different challenges, or experience challenges differently, so this group gives us a chance to discuss issues and opportunities we see and communicate them to the provincial government and other stakeholders.”
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci as well as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, Deron Bilous, will address the attending mayors and chief administrative officers, and offer time for a question and answer period for the group.
“We are very happy that these two key ministers have offered to address the group,” Copeland said. “When a group of cities meets to discuss working with the provincial government, it’s extremely positive to see that the government is ready to share their perspectives and to hear ours. We really appreciate their interest and their time.”
On September 17th, mayors and city managers will have the opportunity to tour Imperial Oil’s nearby operation, 4 Wing Cold Lake and several City of Cold Lake facilities, before holding their formal meetings the next day.
“We want to showcase our area and make the most out of everyone’s time here,” Copeland said. “We are very thankful for the help from 4 Wing and Imperial Oil in making that happen.”