Dave Bronconnier, former Mayor of Calgary, was shortlisted for the 2010 World Mayor Prize

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Comments in support of
Dave Bronconnier
Mayor of Calgary (Canada)

The finalists for the 2010 World Mayor Prize were chosen on the number of nominations received and, more importantly, on the persuasiveness and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish a representative selection of comments received about Dave Bronconnier Mayor of Calgary, Canada.

Comment: Mayor Bronconnier has overseen the rapid growth of Calgary while, at the same time, protecting the natural environment in and around the city and the cheerful, livability of the city. The oil and gas boom in the province of Alberta attracted people from all over Canada and all over the world to Calgary. The influx of people led to a construction boom, but with good planning the disruptions of the skyline and quality of life was minimal.
Under the leadership of Mayor Bronconnier, the City government promoted a pedestrian friendly downtown area. Buildings are connected by underground passageways or by enclosed pedestrian bridges, allowing pedestrians to walk throughout the downtown area without being exposed to the inclement weather. Additionally, the light rail line through downtown encourages people to leave their cars at home or parked outside of the city center. Passengers are allowed to ride the light rail within the downtown area at no charge as an added benefit. (By Phil G)

Comment: I would like to vote for Dave Bronconnier because he had a clear vision of what he wanted Calgary to be, he articulated and communicated his plans to acheive his vision, and then worked tirelessly with many partners to get results. I think some of the reasons he was so successful as Calgary's Mayor was because he is an incredible leader and his leadership showed everyday in everything he did. He also knew how to focus on priorities, and not try to accomplish everything at once. He showed no fear, and took on challenges that many would not. I found Bronconnier refreshing compared to most politicians I have seen in action, and we may not see one as intelligent in my lifetime. (By Janet S)

Comment: Dave Bronconnier is an outstanding mayor with vision. He has been at the helm of intense growth pressures and is willing to make unpopluar decisions that will lead to long-term success, thus demonstrating unusual political leadership. He is an advocate for sustainable growth and leadership on energy issues, supporting a low-crabon future for Calgary. Calgarians will truly miss him! (By Pat L)

Comment: He has been a great, outspoken and dedicated advocate for the city and a great builder of its infrastructure. Thanks to his efforts Calgary has transformed into a large and modern metropolis more and more known internationally. A true leader. (By New Calgarian)

Comment: Dave really fights for our city and is a great spokesperson. He also has achieved exactly what he has set out to do, having kept his objectives in front of him the whole time. (By D S)

Comment: Dave Bronconnier is deserving of this recognition. He has been an inspiring leader in our city. (By K)

Comment: Done wonders for the city of calgary which is now a truly bold, creative, and beautiful city. The city of Calgary has leaped far past neighboring Edmonton on many fronts to gain international recognition under David's term. (By John A)

Comment: Mayor Bronconnier took over this position and has made remarkable strides to improve our city. Born and raised here, I appreciate the vast improvements that have been made not only does it benefit us now it will also benefit us in the future. Mayor Bronconnier looks to the future not just the present. His building initiatives for Green Building, road widening and improvements, cultural improvements and LRT are things that were badly need years before Bronconnier became mayor. I can not think of any bad decision he has made and Calgary is lucky to have someone with his forsight and expertise in not only finance but dealing with governments at all levels. Mayor Bronconnier has absolutley made the City of Calgary a better place to live, work and play for all citizens and visitors alike! Thank you Mayor Bronconnier for all your efforts. (By J O)

Comment: Mercer ranked Calgary as #1 Eco City in the world. We achieved this in part from our Mayors leadership in building public transit, world class water and waste water treatment and district energy. (By Bob H)

Comment: Mayor Dave Bronconnier has brought Calgary into the new Century with many issues and has been successful in overcoming much adversity with challenges from his public ... always choosing the right road. He hosted the World during the G8 Summit with pride and distinction. (By Joanne H)

Comment: All I can say is Mayor Bronconnier has never made a bad decision since taking office. Everything he has done and is doing has benefited the citizens of Calgary. From upgrades to roads, cultural and fighting for us. He is fantastic. (By Jodilynne)

Comment: I think he is dynamic and forwarding thinking mayor. The focus has been on job creation, public transport,infrastrucutre, equal opportunity and health. The mantra for success is eliminate crime, create opportunties and improve quality of life. (By Manoj K)

Comment: Dave Bronconnier has made a lot of improvements in Calgary which is growing day by day. He is making travel easier by extending the LRT amongst other things. He is very reasonable and thorough and it would be great if he continues the next term. (By Shah D)

Comment: The Honorable Mayor Bronconnier has done what it takes to deal with growth and plan for the future after stepping in as mayor after the previous mayor did very little. (By Paul O)

Comment: Impressive, intelligent, young,loves his city, passionate (By Michelle B)

Comment: I choose Dave Bronconnier because i do know he did more to make Calgary safer and getting more c-train stations & get more c-train with safety like have camras, and get air condition in each cars and more room in the train for more standing room and seating. Yes i know he ran for Mayor 3 terms, I would sure hope he will keep runnng.We sure need a person who run for mayor in Calgary AB, like Dave bronconnier. Who knows whats to do and take of Calgary and people to make thing go smooth and right. (By Eda H)

Comment: I nominate Dave Bronconnier for better management and improvement of economy (By Z I)

Comment: Mayor Bronconnier was elected in 2001 at the start of incredible growth of both population and demands upon all levels of governement for insfrastructure. Both the provincial governements and previous municipal governments had done nothing by way of anticipating nor planning for this growth. Mayor Bronconnier was able to lobby to get in place stable sustainable funding allowing for long-over due transportation projects such as interchanges, enhanced and expanded LRT (light rail transit), rec centres, libraries etc. He also established a committee to end homelesness in Calgary that is well on it's way building affortable housing and reducing the need for shelters and supporting organizations. Lobbying the provincial government for more funding for policing, Calgary Police Service was able to put more cops on the streets, actually reducing the drug issues and related petty crime in the core of the City allowing for people to feel safer and enjoy all the City has to offer.
Mayor Bronconnier has also long been a fighter for quality of life issues such as after school programs for youth at risk, putting aside large tracts of land for future parks development, bringing in City wide door to door recycling, clean, green energy for City services.
To sum it up, Dave was elected in 2001 with a vision and a plan for a better Calgary and he has dedicated the last 9 years making that viosion a reality. (By Brenda M)

Comment: Excellent mayor who is retiring this year...will miss his city boosting (By John R)

World Mayor

The City Mayors Foundation, the international think tank on urban affairs, organises the World Mayor Project and awards the World Mayor Prize. The Prize, which has been given since 2004, honours mayors with the vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. Mayors wishing to be considered for the Prize are asked to sign up to the City Mayors Code of Ethics.

The organisers of the World Mayor Project are looking for city leaders who excel in qualities like: leadership and vision, management abilities and integrity, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural, racial and social backgrounds. Winners receive the World Mayor Prize, while the first and second runners-up receive the World Mayor Commendation.

Winners and runners-up
2004 to 2010:

In 2004: Winner: Edi Rama (Tirana); Runner-up: Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico City}; In third place - Walter Veltroni (Rome)
In 2005: Winner – Dora Bakoyannis (Athens); Runner-up - Hazel McCallion (Mississauga); In third place - Alvaro Arzú (Guatemala City)
In 2006: Winner – John So (Melbourne); Runner up – Job Cohen (Amsterdam); In third place - Stephen Reed (Harrisburg)
In 2008: Winner – Helen Zille (Cape Town); Runner up - Elmar Ledergerber (Zurich); In third place - Leopoldo López (Chacao)
In 2010: Winner - Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City); First runner-up - Mick Cornett (Oklahoma City); Second runner-up - Domenico Lucano (Riace)