Thursday, March 31, 2016

CIES to Take Part in Calgary Economic Development's Soul of the City Event

Due to greater worker mobility, global cities are competing to retain their most creative residents and to attract talented newcomers. Only by understanding the needs of their citizens and by providing them with a high quality of life, can cities appeal to the 'creative classes' and prosper by fostering greater social cohesion. With this in mind, Calgary Economic Development launched the Soul of the City speaker series in September 2012 to bring Calgarians together to have this discussion and showcase Calgary’s soul.

With a start time of 4:00 pm on Tuesday April 5th, CED, in partnership with Calgary Foundation and RBC Foundation, presents its latest event - Soul of the City Neighbour Grants Pitch Night: A Celebration of Community. Five grants of $10,000 will be awarded to Calgarians who want to put into action their idea to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood.

Pitch Night has the 10 Neighbour Grant finalists present their big ideas to a panel of "friendly dragons" and an audience filling the Glenbow Theatre. The 5 winners will be determined through audience voting. It will be an exciting night that will make you feel inspired and give you an opportunity influence the outcome by casting your vote for the winning groups. Their big ideas will help shape our community and increase citizen attachment.

CIES will not only be attendance, but will be playing an important part in one of the pitches being made. CIES' own Graham Mackenzie, with the support of CIES volunteers, will be presenting his proposal for the Stampede Pho Down - a fun and cultural event to promote the rich diversity and multiculturalism of Forest Lawn that will include the Guinness Book of World Record for the most people eating Pho in once place at the same time!  For more details and to purchase tickets to the event, simply CLICK HERE. 

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