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Community Engagement

Market Research re: ArtsCommon 118’s Black Box

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2019

This summer, Edmonton CDC has been furthering its community engagement work for ArtsCommon 118 in the Alberta Avenue District – this time specifically with Edmonton’s performing community. A tip of the hat to Katherine Kerr for her work on this project. The need for a performance venue has been at the heart of the community’s…

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Are you interested in living in a tiny home?

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 01, 2019

There is a lot of hub-bub about tiny homes. Whether built on wheels or on land as a permanent (though easily moveable structure), tiny homes have become a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to live frugally, with less stuff and clutter, and tiny homes have a certain cool factor. While city zoning and bylaws may not…

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Edmonton CDC Launches Engagement Consultancy

Category: ArtsCommon 118, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Fraser, Category: McCauley
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 26, 2019

The Edmonton CDC does not charge neighbourhoods for community engagement work on its projects, but there are groups who have inquired about us offering community engagement on a fee basis. We are already in discussions with a few groups interested in this assistance and we have decided to create this consultancy to bring our style…

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Community Engagement Matters

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Fraser, Category: McCauley
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / March 12, 2019

posting by Karen Gingras There are various strategies for involving people in land development and at the Edmonton Community Development Company, we are taking instruction from people who reside in neighbourhoods to create effective community engagement. For example, while data provides us with valuable information, understanding a neighbourhood’s history and culture is often best sourced…

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What is “People First Community Development”?

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / December 03, 2018

The Edmonton CDC is committed to People First Community Development, which means we are committed to People First Community Engagement. It is so fundamental to our work that it is the tagline in our logo. Here is what that term means to us and our work in Edmonton neighbourhoods. Development is always about people Whether…

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What We Heard

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / October 18, 2018

This report compiles the feedback from those who attended the ArtsCommon 118 Community Party and Engagement Event on August 29, 2018 and attended our AC 118 booth at the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, September 14-16, 2018. The party/event took place on the land on which ArtsCommon 118 will be built – on either side of…

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ArtsCommon 118 Community Engagement

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / September 10, 2018

The vision for ArtsCommon 118 has roots going back nearly 10 years, beginning with significant community engagement led by Arts on the Avenue and Arts Habitat Edmonton, involving hundreds of community stakeholders who shared their ideas, needs, and aspirations for the kind of community hub we are now designing and working hard to make feasible,…

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Moneyball in McCauley: Using Analytics to Inform Potential Investment Decisions

Posted by: Karen Gingras / September 10, 2018

You may recall the film “Moneyball” where Brad Pitt played Billy Beane, the General Manager for the Oakland A’s who used analytics to improve the A’s chances of being successful – AKA – winning the world series. 

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Automobile-Centric Development
and Parking Requirements

Posted by: Mark Holmgren / August 22, 2018

Strong Towns is an American movement that a colleague turned me on to the other day, and it is not only a provocative movement, it offers an array of new thinking about the rules that cities and towns have when it comes to development, whether housing and business development or the inclusion of city services.

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What does community
development mean for Edmonton?

Category: Community Development, Category: Community Engagement, Category: Poverty
Posted by: Mark Holmgren / January 12, 2018

Elsewhere on our website, you will find this definition: Community development is… local action that creates economic opportunities and enhances the social and environmental conditions in communities. It understands that sustainable development requires an integrated approach to complex community problems. Strategic priorities include structural economic change, local ownership of resources, social development, environmental stewardship, labour market…

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