ONEdmonton Leaders Forum
ONEdmonton is an EEDC-driven initiative which brings together some of Greater Edmonton’s top leaders from a wide spectrum of perspectives and disciplines. The ultimate goal of ONEdmonton is to unite for a common vision and direction for our region through informed discussion, debate and action.
Overview of ONEdmonton
The inaugural ONEdmonton kicked off in April of 2010. Following that, the second forum helped shape the ONEdmonton agenda with the group identifying: urban core, future workforce & diverse economy, identity/promotion, education, homelessness, infrastructure & transportation, crime & safety, regional partnership, arts & culture, health care, river valley development and Aboriginal as its top priorities. The last 2010 session was held in September and was focused on Edmonton's urban core. Breakout sessions and group discussion led to the post-event formation of the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force.
The Downtown Vibrancy Task Force’s responsibilities include understanding the Capital City Downtown Plan, and those organizations with a mandate to implement it; and putting into place strategies and action plans to assist with facilitating and developing a strong, vibrant urban core in Edmonton.
The leaders met for the first time in 2011, on January 11, to deliberate on a diverse economy and future workforce for the Edmonton Region. Discussions centered on the role innovation plays in the creation of a world-class city. This led to innovation being the topic of the May 17 ONEdmonton Leaders Forum. The theme that dominated the day was the importance of supporting start-up companies, creating common voices amongst the sectors in the region, and supporting grassroots initiatives.
The sixth ONEdmonton Leader's Forum was held on September 28, 2011 with a focus on Edmonton's Crime and Safety. It facilitated an informed discussion about the issue of safety, perception versus reality, and the role of the community, and its citizens and leaders in addressing challenges.
The seventh ONEdmonton was held December 16 at the newly opened EPCOR Centre and featured award-winning architect and urban designer Ken Greenberg as a keynote speaker. Mr. Greenberg shared his experiences with transformational projects from around the world and the themes that have emerged from the success stories. Building on the keynote and the collective experiences of the group, the leaders discussed ways of ensuring that the proposed Arena and Entertainment District is an effective transformational project for Edmonton’s downtown. The ideas and comments from this event will be summarized and shared with the City of Edmonton and the selected architectural and design team.
Meeting for the eighth time on June 28, ONEdmonton members gathered to discuss the state of Edmonton’s post-secondary education system and emerged with a vision for the system, recognizing its significant economic impact on greater Edmonton. The group asked what it can do to build on Edmonton’s strengths to ensure that the post-secondary education system is central to the city’s economic and social vision. Click here to view the group’s submission of a path forward to the Alberta government.
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