September 9, 2013 10:56 pm

Organizers of Make Something Edmonton movement look for way to keep it growing

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EDMONTON – The grassroots initiative Make Something Edmonton has been gaining momentum, and its organizers want City Council’s help to keep it going.

They say the movement – which is about celebrating what’s great about Edmonton, and then creating branding around that – needs more funding. While organizers want to work a bit more closely with City Hall and with Economic Development, they would also like to maintain the independence of Make Something Edmonton.

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“We want this to become an independent, citizen-governed, citizen-led initiative, as well as the projects. We’ve got almost 300 projects. We want to continue that,” said Chris LaBossiere, Co-Chair of the Make Something Edmonton Task Force.

Outgoing mayor Stephen Mandel is in support of that.

“I’m hoping that the council-of-the-day will make a decision to allow them to pursue it,” he said. “And so Edmontonians will begin to brag about this marvellous city. And then when you start implementing it to the centre of the universe, or other places, then obviously, administration would have to be the ones that would do it because it’s a much bigger capital investment.”

How things will move forward will depend on how the new council decides to allocate funding during budget deliberations.

On Tuesday, a major Edmonton company is set to announce how they are getting involved with the initiative.

You can read the report on Make Something Edmonton that was presented to City Council on Monday below:

With files from Vinesh Pratap, Global News

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