City of Brandon Industry Advisory Group Creates New Conversation on Planned Growth

June 17, 2016


Brandon, MB – A truly collaborative approach to the ongoing conversation around planned urban growth in Brandon has now been forged, thanks to the recent formation of the City of Brandon Industry Advisory Group.

The newly-formed Industry Advisory Group is comprised of representatives from the City of Brandon, the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and Renaissance Brandon. The desire for the multi-representative Industry Advisory Group emerged from informal discussions between the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba and the City of Brandon last year, following which the need for a larger, more collaborative group became clear. Together, the Brandon Industry Advisory Group will provide a forum for the City of Brandon’s Development Services Division to discuss service delivery with the very stakeholders affected by such development review and approval processes.

“Not only will the Industry Advisory Group provide the City of Brandon’s Development Services Division a venue for communication and collaboration on planning, building, and infrastructure matters, but it will also hopefully be an environment from which new, unique solutions to the challenges relating to development growth will emerge,” explained City of Brandon General Manager of Development Services Jacqueline East.

“We want to create a culture within the City’s regulatory bureaucracy of being ‘results-oriented’ rather than ‘process-oriented’,” added City of Brandon Director of Economic Development Sandy Trudel. “The Industry Advisory Group is a positive step forward that will help us achieve this important objective within the City of Brandon’s 2014-2019 Economic Growth Strategy.”

East noted that the Industry Advisory Group’s input and positions on City programs and services will be very valuable, but notes that final oversight on such matters will remain with the City of Brandon, directed by City Council policy.

“I am very pleased to see the collaborative formation of the Brandon Industry Advisory Group,” commented Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest.

“One of the 10 strategic initiatives within Brandon City Council’s 2015-208 Strategic Plan is that of planned growth, a priority that speaks to the need to solidify partnerships with the development industry in order to accomplish aspirations of high quality urban growth. I’m confident that working positively with the various facets of our development community will only further strengthen Brandon’s work to be a business-friendly climate,” Mayor Chrest concluded.

The Brandon Industry Advisory Group held an introductory networking meeting for its members earlier this week, with its first quarterly meeting scheduled for the fall of 2016.