Mayor Katz launches NOW web portal to showcase Winnipeg
Released: 11:35 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Sam Katz today officially launched a new web portal dubbed NOW (Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg), a leading edge website that provides wide-ranging information about Winnipeg’s 236 neighbourhoods.
This new resource is ideal for people who live in the city or are considering moving here, visitors, students and researchers, community groups preparing funding proposals and businesses looking at Winnipeg as a place to set up shop.
“We want to attract new investment to the city and, at the same time, ensure that Winnipeg remains healthy and viable for existing businesses to thrive and grow,” said Mayor Katz. “The new web portal, Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg�"or NOW�"is one way that we are making it easy to do business within the City of Winnipeg.”
NOW provides a single point of access for information such as location of schools and libraries, census and demographic information, historical data and mapping information.
A new Economic Development feature included in the portal was developed in partnership with Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) and WinnipegREALTORS®. This is an important component for providing key information to those considering locating a business in Winnipeg or existing businesses looking to expand or relocate within the city.
Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. was pleased to collaborate in the development of Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg. The interactive site supports EDW’s mandate to lead investment attraction, capacity building, tourism development, marketing and promotion as well as research of market information for Winnipeg.
“Economic Development Winnipeg, the city of Winnipeg’s lead economic development agency, is excited to participate in the launch of NOW. NOW is an innovative project that supports our mandate as an economic development and investment promotion agency deeply focused on global investment attraction and business retention and expansion in Winnipeg,” said Marina James, President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. “NOW is a tool our citizens can use to learn more about Winnipeg and discover what makes our neighbourhoods so unique, creative, and culturally diverse. Attracting and retaining people in Winnipeg is a critical part of a healthy city and contributes greatly to our quality of life. NOW is another tool that people can use to stay informed about our city.
“WinnipegREALTORS® and its over 1700 members have been ardent supporters of Winnipeg since its inception in 1903,” said Richard Dettman, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. We could not be more pleased to partner on a new City of Winnipeg portal dedicated to promoting the city’s 236 neighbourhoods as well as opportunities for investment through the economic development section where our commercial member listings are located. It is all about us working together to make Winnipeg a city we, and others considering relocating here, will be proud to call home.”
Visit Winnipeg.ca/now to learn more about this great city and its neighbourhoods.
Proposal would ensure City courses remain public and accessible
Released: 1:11 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB - A new proposal would ensure City of Winnipeg golf courses remain accessible, affordable, and 100 per cent owned by Winnipeggers, while reducing their operating deficit and at the same time, generating much-needed capital improvements in the golf courses.
The Winnipeg Public Service is recommending that the Alternate Service Delivery (ASD) Committee approve a business plan for the independent operation of four City-owned and operated golf courses currently losing nearly $850,000 annually.
The report proposes a 20-year lease agreement with GolfNorth Properties Inc. to manage and operate Kildonan Park, Windsor Park, Crescent Drive, and Harbour View golf courses. The proposed lease arrangement would improve annual net income and capital investment by nearly $759,000. A minimum capital investment of $4.2 million by the proponent would be required toward the improvement of the courses, which shall remain publicly-owned.
In its Operational Review of Winnipeg Golf Services, the Audit Department observed that decreased participation along with increased competition are factors which have changed golf in Winnipeg. The audit also noted, "offering golf services through Winnipeg Golf Services (WGS) is increasingly unaffordable, unsustainable, and costly to the City."
The audit went on to say that in 2011, losses of $836,530 increased the accumulated deficit to $7.1 million.
In addition, the administrative report proposes that Council declare the John Blumberg Golf Course land, located outside of the city in the Rural Municipality of Headingley, surplus to the City’s needs, so it may be marketed with the net proceeds being reinvested into current recreational amenities inside the city of Winnipeg, therefore, helping to directly reduce our existing infrastructure deficit.
Having external service providers operate municipal golf courses is not new to the City, as eight are already under this type of management.
GolfNorth currently owns, operates and manages 21 courses in Ontario including Grey Silo, host course for the Ladies Professional Golf Association’s (LPGA) 2012 Ladies Canadian Open Championship. They operate/manage courses at varying playing levels with some courses being similar in length and design to Kildonan Park, Windsor Park, Crescent Drive and Harbour View.
Permanent employees will not lose employment with the City. As per the terms of our collective agreement with CUPE, they will be redeployed.
GolfNorth has agreed to offer employment opportunities to all Winnipeg Golf Services seasonal and temporary employees.
The administrative report on this topic, which will be considered by the Alternate Service Delivery Committee on Friday, May 17, 2013 can be found here.