Heavy Construction Boss Builds Case for Long-term Development at Chamber Breakfast

Oct 3, 2014 | Chamber News

If those seeking election for Winnipeg’s topic civic office are interested, Chris Lorenc is willing to speak to them on governance, building relationships and how to build the city into a world class place to call home.

Those were just some of the issues the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association President touched on during his 25 minute speech to members of the Manitoba business community. Lorenc kicked off the second year of our MBiz Breakfast Series Presented by Edge Marketing Strategies. The message for the 100 guests was simple – Manitoba needs a new crop of leader. Someone with vision and creative thinking that can help grow and reinvigorate our crumbling infrastructure.

As a long-time advocate, Lorenc spoke passionately about, in his opinion:

  • The need for the new Mayor to conducted a rigorous search and selection of a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) who must demonstrate an understanding of the significant differences between the private and public sectors.
  • The Mayor and council should both enable administration be prepared to hold accountable those responsible for failure to deliver its priorities.
  • The Mayor engages his/her time, energy, personality and credibility, investing in political relationships not just on Council, but with colleague Canadian Mayors, with federal ministers, with the Prime Minister.
  • Our mayor be seen to be and to champion policies that align federal, provincial and municipal trade infrastructure investment and economic development agendas.
  • Winnipeg’s next mayor must re-frame budget thinking at city hall from “how do I raise money,” to “how do I harness” the operating and capital budgets to leverage investment and economic and trade growth.

It should come as no surprise that for someone who lobbied hard to have infrastructure issues become a heavy focus in this election, that Lorenc would dedicate a portion of his speech to the issue. He urged each candidate for Mayor to adopt a four point Municipal Infrastructure Investment Strategy by adopting the MHCA’s suggested six organizing principles to underpin steps going forward, implement the 2011 Infrastructure Funding Council (IFC) Report recommendations, build upon the ‘Dedicated Regional and Residential Streets Reserve Accounts’ strategy adopted by Winnipeg City Council and petition the Premier to strike the task force recommended in the IFC Report.

Click here to see pictures from the breakfast and here to visit the MHCA website.

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