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Why Have a Forum

Presence of several commonalities pertaining to the issues of which all governments and public bodies regularly encounter.

These issues usually arise from:

  • The holding and disposal of lands, while also ranging across all areas of public policy.
    • Areas focused on here include the following: fiscal/economic, environmental, social, city planning, management and financial.
  • All other things being equal, the challenges encountered by policy makers generally have a very common foundation creating a beneficial form of member unification.

Based on the fact that there is only one taxpayer, addressing emerging issues within a shared framework is distinctly advantageous to not only all governments, but by extension to public bodies as well.

We believe that a member-driven forum, administered in a neutral environment allows for the most realistic and effective sharing of visions, problems, experience and best practices faced throughout the public sector.

The Forum takes into consideration the fact that prospective members and associates have severe financial resource constraints.

  • Response: Choosing to operate a cost-effective organization, particularly by ensuring that only value-added activities are undertaken.

A Founding “Sponsors” meeting was called in January 1998 to adopt a constitution, to elect an Executive Committee and to appoint a Convener.

The Constitution was amended in 2002, 2005, 2007,2011 and most recently in 2014. Rights and Privileges of Members were also revised at this time.