Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

Almost a year and a half after CalgaryNEXT was proposed, it now appears as though the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. has been the first to blink. It’s unclear whether the company, which owns the NHL’s Flames and CFL’s Stampeders, actually thought city council would accept their proposed West Village arena-stadium hybrid – and the accompanying…

Source: Breakenridge: City needs to decide how much it’s willing to contribute to a new arena

No tax dollars for a highly profitable private NHL hockey rink.  The flames want it, they can build it.

However, if building the rink also serves the Stampede, the cultural focus of Calgary for over a 100 years; and, if the Flames pay rent (which it does not at the Saddledome), then the City might consider an arena as a for-profit venture.

This article has a good discussion of the public pros and cons of using tax dollars to build the rink.

CalgaryNEXT project on pause, says Ken King

Ken King says the proposed arena-stadium-field house complex in the West Village, known as CalgaryNEXT, is on hold as Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corp. officials discuss an alternative plan with city hall. “We’re not talking about CalgaryNEXT; we put the pause button on that,” King, the CEO of the group that owns the Flames, Hitmen, Roughnecks…

Source: CalgaryNEXT project on pause, says Ken King

It would be helpful if the Flames understood that we are looking at a new facility for Calgary and not a new facility for the Calgary Flames.  If that is what they want, they should pay for it.

Mayor: Hands tied in helping businesses

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told Calgary’s business community he knows times are tough, but the tools available at a municipal level to help businesses are limited.

Source: Nenshi urges Calgarians to start businesses [Calgary Sun, Dec 14 2016]

Hands aren’t tied.

There is an urgent and immediate need for the Mayor of Calgary to be involved in more than snow removal and secondary suites approval.

The office of Mayor has the potential to lead large scale economic development ― and with the city’s current recession, that’s what we need the Mayor doing ― leading and initiating economic  development.

I believe the Mayor should serve as the Chief Economic Development Officer before the recession becomes a depression.  Here’s an example of how.