It was a chance to listen, according to Evan Woolley.
The Ward 8 councillor was one of many city delegates who took part in Thursday’s Downtown Economic Summit, which looked at office vacancy rates, as well as ideas for the downtown to bounce back up.
Woolley told The Morning News on News Talk 770 that they wanted everyone to bring their ideas to the table.
“We know some of the high-level things they talked about, which was post-secondary, working on residential density, a whole bunch of different ideas about what we can do to fill some of the empty downtown office space,” Woolley said.
Some of the ideas they received were new, while others had been worked on for a while, according to the councillor.
“Some of these ideas will cost no money, some of them will cost some money, they’re going to be reporting back to council on some ideas and some steps we should take to do that. I think there will be a whole range of ideas that come forward.”
Former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy was among the speakers. He said economic diversification was one of the keys to bringing his city back to life after layoffs took that city’s steel industry for a rocky ride in the 70’s and 80’s.
“The universities would become a major economic engine for our region,” Murphy told reporters on Thursday afternoon. “Not only as a place where research is done, but also the incubator for a whole new generation of industry.”
Calgary Economic Development is expected to report back to council late this spring.