Strathcona County receives CAMA Professional Development Award

May 31, 2017

Strathcona County receives CAMA Professional Development Award

Strathcona County was honoured today by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) with a 2017 Professional Development Award in the 20,001 to 100,000 population category. The award recognizes the county’s priority-based budgeting (PBB) approach to business planning and budgeting. It was presented to county representatives at the CAMA conference in Gatineau, Quebec.

“Council has been working closely with administration since 2015 to adopt PBB,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr, “so it is gratifying to have these efforts recognized. Clearly seeing community priorities reflected in our business plans and budget also sets the bar high in transparency. 

“Leading to Budget 2017, a review of all County programs provided us with a better understanding of the programs we deliver, at what level of service, and at what cost, as well as the strength of program alignment to Council-defined priorities. Using these tools has also led to efficiencies and cost savings, by reallocating resources within and between departments to fund areas of higher priority, and reducing levels of support for lower priority areas.

“It will take time to realize the full benefit of this approach; however, our 2017 budget demonstrated the positive result of this approach – a tax decrease of 2.62 per cent, with no loss to service levels or infrastructure maintenance.” 

CAMA’s Professional Development Award recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative program for their staff that can be replicated in other communities. Since Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000. 

CAMA is a national, non-profit association open to all chief administrative officers (CAO)/city managers and any person employed in a senior management position that reports directly to a CAO. With a membership of approximately 550 senior municipal employees, from all parts of Canada, CAMA collectively represents more than 70 per cent of the nation’s population.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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