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City statistics released online

St. Albert residents curious to view a variety of city statistics will be able to check StATracker.

StATracker is an online dashboard that offers 40 performance indicators for public perusal via the city’s website.

City manager Patrick Draper said there are four categories of metrics offered: community, programs and services, finance and employees.

“[It’s] literally just the facts,” Draper said.

Metrics on offer include graphs showing items like city revenues per capita, number of new business licenses and employee turnover rate.

Draper said the system will be fine-tuned as they move forward. The selection of statistics on offer was based on reviews of similar features on other cities’ websites and those that the city has a data set on.

The StATracker was presented to council as part of the 2013 fourth quarter corporate quarterly report. Council gave the go-ahead to staff to put the statistics tracker online.

City to join Concerto Network

St. Albert will join the fledgling Concerto Network.

The Concerto Network is an economic development networking effort focusing on attracting francophones.

The motion to join the network came from Coun. Gilles Prefontaine, who clarified this would not mean St. Albert would become formally bilingual. Instead, he said, it’s an opportunity to grow the local economy and recognize St. Albert’s heritage.

“It’s really about building momentum,” Prefontaine said.

Council voted 6-1 in favour of joining Concerto. Coun. Sheena Hughes voted against the motion.

Developmental assets survey results

Council was provided a brief overview of the 2013 40 Developmental Assets Survey that was administered in local schools during Monday’s meeting.

The report addresses external and internal “assets” that youth have access to. Assets include developmental experiences like adult role models, creative activities, homework and self-esteem.

While Family and Community Support Services director Scott Rodda noted the report is a brief highlight reel, the results showed an increase in assets listed by youth compared to 2008.

While council was cautioned that 100 per cent correlation between the positive results and the efforts of the last five years can’t be drawn, Rodda said “there is a lot of confidence that what we have done has positively influenced results.”

Significant event fund established

The city announced on Tuesday that a community significant event stimulus fund program is being established.

“The fund is intended as seed money, not on-going municipal financial support,” said the news release.

The fund was created by policy in 2013 and is open to not-for-profit community organizations, individuals and businesses initiating new annual events that will bring people to St. Albert.

The money could also be used to create a new component of a long-standing “significant event.”

The first deadline for applications this year is March 16. The second deadline is Sept. 29, 2014.

More details are on the city website at: www.stalbert.ca/community-significant-event-stimulus-fund.


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