Calgary Economic Development took part in a virtual roundtable with Premier Jason Kenney, key members of his cabinet and community partners on Wednesday, March 18. The discussion revolved around the Government of Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the situation remains highly unpredictable, there are some important takeaways from the meeting.
We are encouraged by the programs announced by the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada and the focus on financial liquidity for people and businesses.
Calgary Economic Development made the case for “shop local” campaigns, more retraining for workers, coordinated efforts on investment attraction, increased investment in trade development, and taking a collaborative approach to infrastructure spending based on the need to create jobs.
The City of Calgary has developed a Task Force group to address the state of emergency due to the pandemic and Calgary Economic Development is on the committees to address Business Community Support and Economic Resiliency.