"The InfraCycle Fiscal Impact Analysis (FIA) modeling software is an extremely enticing municipal planning tool. The product boasts quick results for decision making in a logical and comprehensive format. The webinars have expanded local thinking among town elected officials and staff. We got tremendous mileage from viewing success stories in other communities delivered through a professional, convenient venue."
Shari-Anne Doolaege, CAO, Town of Daysland, Alberta
"Ray’s professionalism, experience and common sense approach to the review of the Rocky View County Highway 8 Corridor Feasibility Statement and the Fiscal Analysis of our 900 acre Double Creek Community produced a very credible report that demonstrated the fiscal benefits of our project allowing us to move the approval process forward."
Garrett Wohlberg, BA. (RUD) Senior Manager - Design & Communications, Qualico Communities
"This tool provides objective data that will help the city make development decisions to positively impact the area."
Bob Stany, President and CEO of Connecticut Economic Resource Centre (CERC)
"Your InfraCycle software can offer a sound approach for elected officials to evaluate development at what scale and on whose dime."
Ken Hughes, Local Government Division, State of New Mexico
"It's a very powerful tool to test various forms of urban growth."
John Herbert, Executive Director, Ottawa-Carleton Home Builders Association
"My Administration is focused 100 percent on the progress of economic development. This software will be an important tool to help analyze potential projects and keep moving economic development forward in the city."
Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport Connecticut
"The software allows city planners to see whether the revenues associated with land use will offer the costs. It includes indicators and can be adapted to any type of development such as residential and commercial intensification, residential land uses, or lands that should be protected for environmental reasons."
Sharon Boddy, Editor, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
"InfraCycle has allowed the Town of Canmore to complete an evaluation of our Town at build-out. We need reassurance that fiscally these plans are sound and will generate revenue to support our infrastructure and community services in the short and longer-term."
Gary Buxton, Manager of Planning & Development, Town of Canmore, Alberta
"Ray Essiambre has an analysis that is so startlingly simple, and important, it ought to be memorized by every Council member."
Randall Denley, Reporter, The Ottawa Citizen
"Yesterday was the best workshop I have attended in many years. I am now going to think differently about how zoning affects land use, revenues and our municipality's budget."
Mark DeVoe, Director of Planning, Town of Plainville, Connecticut
"It was the first time the EDC could assess municipal costs and revenues attributed to a proposed development in a methodical, comprehensive way and it helped to illustrate the type of economic development the town needs in order to build the tax base."
Marge Anthony, Chairman, South Windsor Economic Development Commission, Connecticut
"When I watch the webinars I always learn something new, I have an AH-HAH moment and it all makes sense. I find the information I’m learning invaluable.” "
Patty Higgins, Councillor, City of Saint John, New Brunswick
"InfraCycle hosts webinars that feature their products in terms of financial sustainability related to development in municipalities. I continue to attend them to learn more about the product offering and how it can help the Town of Wolfville."
Gregg Morrison, Director of Planning, Town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia
"I saw a need for more strategic long-term decisions in land use. Municipal Councilors have a hard time seeing all the information before they make a decision and the InfraCycle tool tackles that issue"
Colby Clarke, Business Development Officer, Kings Regional Development Agency, Kentville, Nova Scotia
"I found the webinar both informative and thought provoking."
Mindi Petkau, Land Coordinator, Hinton, AB
"The private webinar prompted some good discussion. Certainly in the area of considering the potential assessment tax revenue associated with proposed developments and area structure plans, as well as costing replacement of infrastructure and reserve funding"
Noreen Vavrek, Director of Finance and Systems, County of Grande Prairie No. 1, AB
"The webinar was well organized and timely and provided some interesting infrastructure cost accounting ideas. I really appreciated the opportunity to be able to sit through the webinar in the comfort of my own office in Fort Nelson. Great Job...I'll make sure I continue to monitor your website for future presentations."
Doug Tofte, R.F.P. , Community Resource & Planning Officer, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, AB
"The InfraCycle webinars I've attended are informative and useful, I look forward to attending more in the future."
Elise Willison, Municipal Planner, Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency, Berwyn, AB
"In a nutshell, the software allows city planners to see whether the revenues associated with land use will offset the costs. The software calculates the capital, maintenance, operating, and replacement costs of municipal infrastructure as well as all anticipated revenues"
Sharon Boddy, Editor, FCM - Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Newsletter: Sustainable Communities Knowledge Network
"Ray Essiambre spoke at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Nova Scotia Planning Directors Association (NSPDA) in Halifax. In attendance were planners and municipal elected officials from across the province. Those in attendance found his presentation on 'Municipal Financial Stability" very informative, eye opening, and at the end of it asking for more."
Roland Burek, MCIP, LP, President, NSPDA, Halifax, NS
“We had four Planners listening to the webinar session today. Several of us have participated in previous webinars, and we found this one of particular interest and relevance in our work, providing planning service to 12 municipalities in Northwest Alberta. Thank you for your time organizing and presenting today’s webinar. Well done!”
Elise Willison, Senior Planner, Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency, Berwyn, AB
“We found the session informative and helpful for both our public and private clients.”
Peter Vana, MCIP, RPP, Senior Project Manager/Associate, MMM Group Ltd, Edmonton, AB
“This was a great webinar….well worth my time.”
Roxanne Shepherd, Chief Financial Officer, City of Grand Forks, BC
“Thank you for the webinar this morning, an excellent session.”
Grant Ward, Councillor, Township of Langley, BC
“This was the most helpful informative webinar I have every participated in.”
Mayor Martin Harder, City of Winkler, MB
“The InfraCycle webinar was very educational. It was nice to see a few detailed examples of the points that were made. Thank You for a fresh look at an important topic.”
Henry Siemens, Councillor, City of Winkler, MB
“The presentation was precise, pointed and topical. It will impact my role as an elected representative.”
Pauline Raven, Councillor, Municipality of the County of Kings, District 3, NS
“Great seminar! Very informative and helps me to understand the needs of the developer.”
Jim Hosick, MSc(PI) MCIP/RPP, Director of Grown and Development, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio, Alliston, ON
“This is one of the best webinars that I have attended. Good content and well presented.”
Gord McKay, Councillor of Simcoe/Mayor of Midland, Simcoe, ON
“The webinar was very informative and information presented was very useful. It seemed to adequately represent the viewpoints of both municipal staff and land developers, which was an interesting perspective.”
Jennifer Sandham, M.Pl, Planner, City of Temiskaming Shore, Haileybury, ON
“The ability to stop at an On Route on the 401 and join the webinar was a real plus. In our township negotiations with developers has been a positive with a transparent and co-operative attitude. Looking forward to more. We need to attract more to rural Ontario.”
Robert R Taylor, Councillor, Township of Rideau Lakes, ON
"A terrific session leaving me with constructive questions regarding the development of our community and sound advice to move forward effectively with a developer."
Mayor John Enns-Wind, Township of Kindersley, SK
"Mr. Essiambre's presentation was very organized, well prepared and engaging; many participants were intrigued by the topics and continued their discussion after the presentation. The few Brandon City Councillors who attended the presentation were very impressed by what they have learned and were enlightened by the fiscal impacts and the need of a long view discussed in the presentation. Mr. Essiambre's webinars and presentations will no doubt be very beneficial to any municipalities that are experiencing the same urban growth issues."
Louisa Garbo, Director, Planning & Building Safety, City of Brandon, Manitoba
“Thanks to everyone at InfraCycle for this opportunity. The knowledge being shared is so very helpful to me as a new municipal councillor. One year in... And if not for infraCycle I would know very little about the ongoing costs of development to a municipality”
Pauline Raven, Councillor, Municipality of the County of Kings, District 3, NS
“We are finding it very thought-provoking material to go through. As Ray has indicated in some of these webinars, fiscal impact studies aren’t always a top priority with many municipalities when creating land use plans; and to hear about the financial angle on planning is just really good information.”
Municipal Staff at Leduc-County, AB
“The Webinar “Improving Your Municipality’s Finance” was an hour well-spent. Craig made some great points that I intend to use when presenting Long Term Financial Planning to my council. This is a timely subject, and one that all CFOs can learn from”
Rosalyn Tanner, Director of Financial Services, District of Central Saanich, BC
“The seminar, Getting the most from a business park was very informative and has given us some good starting points in developing our business park.”
Cheryl Digby, Community Development Officer, City of Morden, MB
“I appreciated the case study webinar on Getting the most from a business park, as I find I take away a lot more from hearing about best practices or success indicators in other Canadian communities. Thank you for the informative session.”
Michelle Levasseur, Community & Economic Development, Town of Devon, AB
“This was certainly one of the most informative webinars I have participated in, with a Business Park soon to be underway in the Town of Georgina, these lessons learned will be most helpful as we begin to market these lands.”
Karyn Stone, Economic Development Officer, Town of Georgina, ON
“The webinar, Getting the most from a business park was excellent with great content.”
Jenny Legget, Economic Development Officer, Town of Wasaga Beach, ON
“It was a very informative and relevant webinar today, thank you to Ray and Tom!”
Elise Willison, RPP, MCIP, Senior Planner, Mackenzie Municipal Services Agency, Berwyn, AB
“It was a fantastic presentation.”
Bert Roach, Economic Development Officer, Town of Beaumont, AB
“We just watched this webinar, Getting the most from a business park and it was very worthwhile.”
Municipal Staff at Leduc County, AB