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More convention space would benefit Calgary

Might the new Flames' arena complex provide such a space?

TelusConventionCentreThumbThe Telus Convention Centre has been working on expansion plans for some time, and while its director of marketing cannot speak to plans for a new Calgary Flames arena, she said unequivocally the city needs more convention space.

Heather Lundy, director of marketing and communications at the Telus Convention Centre, said they have lost business due to the size of the current downtown facility. Though she could not provide specific group names of conferences that did not happen in Calgary, Lundy, in an email interview, said that the estimated economic loss between the years 2000 and 2013 is over $250 million.


The Fight for Water

After moratorium on water licenses, two businesses in southern Alberta find water needs to be a business strategy

Southern AlbertaFinding water needs to be a business strategy in southern Alberta. In 2006, the province imposed a moratorium on water licenses for the South Saskatchewan River Basin because of low water levels. This means businesses need to find someone with a water license willing to make a deal.

Though, transfers between license holders and companies are only possible if holders gives water already held. Potential deals are also monitored by the Alberta government, who can holdback 10 per cent of the transfer for conservation purposes.


Storify: YYC during the swearing in of Alberta's new premier Rachel Notley

Anticipation for the future of Alberta with new NDP government

ABLegislatureNDP Leader Rachel Notley was sworn in Sunday in an early afternoon ceremony at the legislature, becoming Alberta's 17th premier and marking the first time the NDP has led the province. Here is a collection of information that happened during the swearing-in ceremony, as well as reactions.


17th Ave SE will be the home of a unique business incubator project

International Avenue's Business Revitalization Zone looks to provide tools to new Canadian entrepreneurs to rejuvenate area

Thumbnail Int AvCity council recently approved funding for the first phase of an initiative,c alled The Heart of the New East – Incubation Project, aimed to help immigrants reach their entrepreneurial potential along International Avenue.

Alison Karim-McSwiney, executive director of the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone, has been at the centre of the new project with planning starting more than a year ago.

"There is much potential here ready to grow," Karim-McSwiney told The Calgary Journal. "We are excited from this diversity."