9/12/2017 8:25:12 AM

It has now been three days since Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden, CAO Greg McClinchey and the Director of Finance for the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc Bill Dakin left Town Hall destined for the remote South African community of Mbizana. Monday introductory meetings were held between the trio and their counterparts in the Municipality of Mbizana and McClinchey will be updating myFm all week as to how things are going. He says benefits to this project for the municipality are endless like professional development, outreach, public relations and skills showcasing opportunities that Strathroy-Caradoc will receive due to its participation. He says the project offers the Mayor's team the opportunity to break out of any routine and to delve more deeply into the ways other municipal professionals conduct their municipal business, planning and economic development. Off the top he says, some things are similar to Strathroy-Caradoc and other things are not.

The development of the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities Project (BIGM) is a collaboration between key stakeholders such as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). McClinchey says the project aims to improve the capacity of South African municipal governments to support effective service delivery, inclusive local green economic growth and enhanced climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The project will also improve municipal-level plans and policies targeting climate change adaptation and mitigation, including asset management practices.    

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