Edmonton Ward 1 Councilor, Andrew Knack, spoke at the Riverview Club.
Andrew was born in Edmonton, raised just west in the city of Spruce Grove and has lived in Ward 1 since early 2002. Andrew received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2006 and managed a retail business based in the ward until being elected. He is a strong advocate of our community league system and served on both the Meadowlark and Jasper Park Community Leagues. Andrew currently serves as the Council representative on the Accessibility Advisory Committee, City of Edmonton Youth Council and Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board.  He also is responsible for four Council Initiatives: NextGen, Seniors, Public Engagement and Transportation Innovation.
Beginning 2020, he will serve on the Edmonton Public Library Board of Trustees and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Board of Directors and Vice President for Edmonton.
Andrew is honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Ward 1 and the rest of Edmonton.
Councilor Knack discussed how the City tries to balance the budget, priorities, and taxation. The City now uses a multi-year 4-year operating and capital plan to form budgets. This year proved difficult with the change in the Alberta provincial government and the changes in government funding. He reported that 2020 will have a 2.6% property tax increase.
A major City initiative is to end Edmonton's poverty within a generation. He said providing housing to those in need is key to solving poverty. The City needs 916 units and is investing $132 million into the housing for the homeless project. Andrew said that the City is identifying problems and finding solutions. Investing today and you may not see the results for a few years. In the end, it is worth the investment. The City recognizes the challenges.
Councilor Knack outlined that the City is looking at Edmonton's economic future and expanding on industry other than gas & oil. The City is thinking globally and thinking of Edmonton as a metropolitan region.