Atlantic Mayors' Congress meets in Sydney on October 16-18

Cape Breton Regional Municipality hosting for the first time

October 14, 2013

SYDNEY, NS - Mayors from across the Atlantic Provinces will gather in Sydney on October 16th to 18th to discuss issues facing municipalities in Atlantic Canada.

The Atlantic Mayors' Congress is committed to improving municipal government and developing a strong, unified voice to advocate for municipalities in the Atlantic Provinces. More than 20 mayors are expected to attend.


"I look forward to welcoming my colleagues from across Atlantic Canada," said Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor, Cecil Clarke. "Key initiatives around infrastructure funding, tourism and port development will be leading the agenda."

Clarke says opportunities for regional co-operation will be explored at the three day conference. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and Clarke will present on opportunities for collaboration. The mayors will also discuss and adopt action plans for regional strategies and policies.

Local and visiting presenters will participate in the meetings. Dr. David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University, will present on the regional energy economy. Destination Cape Breton CEO Mary Tulle and Sydney Ports officials will present on tourism and port development.

Shannon Watt, Manager of Policy Operations at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will update participants on national advocacy of key municipal issues. Rail safety and the accessing the new Building Canada Infrastructure Fund will be highlighted in her presentation.

A luncheon will be held on Friday, October 18th, at Centre 200 featuring guest speaker Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. The luncheon is organized by the Cape Breton Small Business Development Centre.

The Atlantic Mayors' Congress is a twice annual meeting of municipal leaders from across the Atlantic Provinces.