Mayor Gale Katchur and council were recently in Calgary for the Alberta Urban Municipal Association convention.
 
The two day conference, from November 22 to 24, featured councils from across the province gathering to network, share ideas and speak one-on-one with the provincial government.
 
"It's very valuable for new councillors, it's very educational," said mayor Gale Katchur. "We've had a lot of interaction with our provincial government and that's what it's really about, building those relationships."
 
Out of those conversations with the province came good news on the Fort's bridge project.
 
"We had a great meeting with the Department of Transportation," explained Katchur. "They've reaffirmed that the twinning of Highway 15 is on schedule for next year and reconfirmed the twinning of the bridge that the tender should be done by the fall of next year."
 
Katchur also met with other mid-size city mayors to discuss similar opportunities and challenges while developing lobbying efforts to advance concerns to the provincial and federal governments. According to Katchur, roughly 1.3 million Albertans call a mid-size city home.
 
The convention saw 1998 Nagano Olympic Curling gold medalist Joan McCusker as the keynote speaker, talking on how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

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