Update on Yukon’s Our Towns, Our Future Summit – June 2011
July 13, 2011 - Yukon says it is now a step closer towards building long-term resilience in municipalities at the Our Towns, Our Future Summit by the Government of Yukon and the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC). The summit, according to the government, prioritized exploring realistic options for municipalities to generate revenue and developing strategies to address rising energy costs.
By Alyssa Dalton
Held last month, more than 40 delegates, including mayors, councillors, senior administrative officers and Yukon government staff came together to identify “priority action items” and develop a work plan to implement the 75 findings of the Our Towns, Our Future municipal sustainability review, said the government. Participants also discussed the structure and composition of the community development teams which they said are intended to be responsive to the unique needs of Yukon municipalities.
“I am pleased with the collaboration among the Government of Yukon, the Association of Yukon Communities and municipal governments as we work together to build healthy, vibrant and sustainable Yukon communities,” said Archie Lang, community services minister. “Officials are already meeting with municipal councils and fire chiefs to develop a plan for the Yukon government to assume responsibility for protective services in rural Yukon municipalities.”
“We are working on municipal sustainability matters. The Comprehensive Municipal Grant and the Municipal Act review commitments are critical to municipal governance and service delivery, and working discussions on these initiatives will take place over the next few months,” he continued.
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