Westerner Park and Tourism Red Deer are among the local organizations that will share future plans with the city during a revival of Agency Day on Thursday.
City councillors will hear about Westerner Park’s plans to hold a “full-capacity” Westerner Days this summer, with a focus on arts and culture.
Tourism Red Deer will share plans about creating new guides, maps and resources to better market the city to visitors.
Also scheduled to speak at this special council meeting at the Cambridge Hotel will be representatives of Central Alberta Economic Partnership, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.
The idea of having a special Agency Day meeting, videotaped for public viewing on the City of Red Deer’s website, is to share information about the city’s community partners with councillors, as well as citizens at large, said interim city manager Tara Lodewyk.
“The city works with lots of groups. This is a chance to hear what they are doing, what they will be up to.”
Lodewyk said these five groups were invited to make half-hour presentations at the first Agency Day to be held since the pandemic started because Thursday’s focus is economic development. “The city works with various groups so we had to prioritize.”
Councillors, as well as community members who watch the video, will learn about the roles of these groups from hearing highlights of what they do and what their plans entail.
Lodewyk said Agency Day council meetings were started in 2014, but have not been held since the pandemic started and city council meetings moved on-line.
The next Agency Day, featuring other community groups, will be held this fall.