City officials in London for provincial conference

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Mayor Bob Kilger and members of city council and city administration are among the 1,500 delegates at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's 2014 Conference in London, Ont. this week.

The annual conference, which wraps up on Wednesday, provides a venue for municipal officials to connect with their provincial counterparts and discuss common municipal concerns and challenges. The premier and the minister of municipal affairs and housing are featured speakers at this year’s event and as many as 15 federal and provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

“The AMO Conference provides an opportunity to attend learning sessions and a forum to interact with other municipal leaders who are facing similar issues,” said Kilger. “It also gives us a chance to get our message out to provincial representatives.”

During the conference,  Kilger and other city officials will be participating in a number of meetings and conference-related events, including:

• Joining a delegation from North and South Glengarry townships to discuss the regional water project with Brad Duguid, minister of economic development, employment and infrastructure.

• Participating in a meeting of the Eastern Ontario Mayors Caucus (EOMC) with a number of Ontario ministers to discuss common issues such as sustainable infrastructure funding, the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) and policing costs.

• Participating in a meeting with ministry of finance officials to discuss the issue of property assessment for social housing properties.

• Participating in a luncheon for AMO’s Small Urban Caucus.

• Participating in the Minister’s Forum, where conference delegates have an opportunity to pose questions directly to select Ontario ministers.

Organizations: Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Eastern Ontario Mayors Caucus, Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund Small Urban Caucus

Geographic location: Ontario, London, London, Ont.

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