The Canadian Home Builder's Association

Urban Development Institute

September 08, 2010 12:11 ET

Calgary's Fall Election Season in Full Swing; votecalgary.ca Posts Candidate Video Interviews

The Calgary Housing and Development Industry's Municipal Election Initiative Posts Video Interviews with Mayoral and Aldermanic Candidates

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - The Canadian Home Builder's Association– Calgary Region (CHBA) and the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Calgary are pleased to announce that mayoral and aldermanic candidate video interviews are now available at votecalgary.ca. Designed to educate and mobilize members of the housing and development industry to vote in Calgary's upcoming election, votecalgary.ca serves as a hub for up-to-date election news and views. The new video interviews can be viewed under the "Current News" section of the website, on the website's vimeo page or by clicking through individual candidate responses under the "Meet the Candidates section of votecalgary.ca. A second series of videos from additional candidates is expected to be live shortly after nomination day.

"We are very excited to announce the addition of mayoral and aldermanic video interviews to votecalgary.ca," said Jenelle Wohlberg, Project Manager, votecalgary.ca. "These interviews will allow our members and employees to get a better sense of where the candidates stand on municipal issues that are important to them and to our industry."

During the two-minute video interviews, participating mayoral and aldermanic candidates are asked what they would do as Calgary's Mayor or Alderman to curb increases in home prices and streamline city processes. Participating candidates also share their vision for the growth of Calgary's neighbourhoods. According to Wohlberg, the purpose of the videos is to provide industry members and employees with a visible spectrum of candidate views so that industry members can make a more informed vote on election day.

In addition to the video interviews, candidate survey responses have also been posted to votecalgary.ca. Candidates have responded with their views on issues such as attracting new business to Calgary and the importance of consumer choice in home buying.

"The candidate surveys have been a great informational tool for our members during this election season," said Wohlberg. "The videos will provide another useful tool that will serve to educate visitors to votecalgary.ca, and encourage them to vote on October 18th."

To view the candidate video interviews or for more information, please visit www.votecalgary.ca, or join votecalgary.ca's Facebook and Twitter pages.

CHBA – Calgary Region represents over 700 member companies including single and multi family builders, renovators, land developers, trades, suppliers and general professionals bound together to provide the Calgary region with housing and communities that represent innovation and integrity.

UDI - Calgary represents over 180 member companies involved in residential, multi-family and commercial construction in Calgary. The association's mission is to represent their members in development industry through the establishment of urban planning and development which will best provide for the needs of Calgarians today and in the future.

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