3rd Announcement: “The Public Infrastructure Dilemma: How will we sustain our water, our streets, and ourselves?”

Get It Right at the Front-End for Long-Term Sustainability
In less than two weeks, the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is hosting its 5th Annual Summit. As part of the program, CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island is holding a 3-hour “Forum within the Summit” on the afternoon of October 18th. CAVI has now released the agenda. The Forum is organized in two parts: presentations; town-hall sharing. 
“The initial capital cost of municipal infrastructure is about 20% of the life-cycle cost; the other 80% largely represents a future unfunded liability. The ‘Forum within the Summit’ will showcase the Comox Valley experience in developing a regional response to the infrastructure liability challenge confronting all local governments,” states Derek Richmond, Manager of Engineering with the City of Courtenay, and the CAVI Chair-Elect.
“First, the Comox Valley regional team will provide context. Our key message is: Get it right at the front-end for long-term sustainability. Our experience in working towards the goal of Sustainable Service Delivery will set the scene for the town-hall sharing in the second part,” continues Judy Walker, planner with the Village of Cumberland.   
“The change in approach starts with land use planning and determining what infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Another key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery.” 
“The topic for the town-hall part is Sustainable Service Delivery Means Integrate Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Asset Management. Our goal is that attendees will leave with practical examples of collaboration and integration, and will be inspired to apply what they have learned to their own situations.”
TO REGISTER: The cost of registration only for the “Forum within the Summit” is $75. To register, click on this link: http://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/event/ForumwithintheSummit.asp 

To register for the Summit and attend all other sessions (including the Forum), click on www.viea.ca/summit.

TO LEARN MORE: To access the Forum ‘homepage’ on the Water Bucket website and learn more about the Forum context and program design, click here.  To view the program at a glance, click on VIEA Summit: Draft Agenda for CAVI Forum

To download a document that explains the Forum structure and foreshadows what will be covered, click on Convening for Action Vision for the Forum within the Summit.
News Release #2011-47

October 6, 2011

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