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  • City can learn from massive Shanghai fair

    City can learn from massive Shanghai fair
    Mayor Mandel in China to promote tourism, bolster Edmonton 2017 bid
    BY GORDON KENT, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM JULY 6, 2010 5:04 PM

    EDMONTON — The massive Shanghai world's fair dwarfs the Expo that Edmonton hopes to host, but the event still offers lessons to local organizers, Mayor Stephen Mandel said Monday.

    Impressive displays by General Motors and other firms make him interested in getting private companies more involved in Edmonton's proposed Expo 2017, he said from the Chinese city.

    "There's great opportunity to bring in the dynamics of private enterprise and their ability to do things in a different way," Mandel said.

    "I think that's one intriguing thing we can take back to Canada."

    Mandel, on a three-day trip to Shanghai to promote tourism and help Edmonton's Expo bid, said he would also like to see lots of child-friendly activities if the city holds the world's fair in seven years.

    The mayor's activities in China have included visits to seven of the 235 pavilions, a meeting with the general manager of the Shanghai event and dinner with members of the international Expo organization.

    Full Story: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/trave...942/story.html

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    • This Mayor has an incredible talent to hone in on the things that are the least important. But at least he gets a free vacation in China. No doubt that's the biggest priority.

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      • Yes, the trolleys, LRT, new arena and municipal airport issues just worked themselves out
        Don't kid yourself, best mayor in my lifetime (34 years) if not of all time.

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        • Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
          City can learn from massive Shanghai fair
          Mayor Mandel in China to promote tourism, bolster Edmonton 2017 bid
          BY GORDON KENT, EDMONTONJOURNAL.COM JULY 6, 2010 5:04 PM

          EDMONTON — The massive Shanghai world's fair dwarfs the Expo that Edmonton hopes to host, but the event still offers lessons to local organizers, Mayor Stephen Mandel said Monday.

          Impressive displays by General Motors and other firms make him interested in getting private companies more involved in Edmonton's proposed Expo 2017, he said from the Chinese city.

          "There's great opportunity to bring in the dynamics of private enterprise and their ability to do things in a different way," Mandel said.

          "I think that's one intriguing thing we can take back to Canada."

          Mandel, on a three-day trip to Shanghai to promote tourism and help Edmonton's Expo bid, said he would also like to see lots of child-friendly activities if the city holds the world's fair in seven years.

          The mayor's activities in China have included visits to seven of the 235 pavilions, a meeting with the general manager of the Shanghai event and dinner with members of the international Expo organization.

          Full Story: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/trave...942/story.html
          "Major" companies that could be represented at Edmonton's Expo.
          And I am just being sarcastic here.....

          The Brick, Pizza 73, WEM, ETS, Travel Alberta (And you know all they will be promoting is the Calgary Stampede) Denny Andrews Ford.(get free gas for a year if you visit their pavilion)

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          • Originally posted by wisteria View Post
            This Mayor has an incredible talent to hone in on the things that are the least important. But at least he gets a free vacation in China. No doubt that's the biggest priority.
            Originally posted by Hilman View Post
            Yes, the trolleys, LRT, new arena and municipal airport issues just worked themselves out
            Don't kid yourself, best mayor in my lifetime (34 years) if not of all time.
            to say nothing of cooperation within council, within the region and with the province, lrt expansion, infrastructure investment and reinvestment, affordable housing initiatives, the quarters, aboriginal relations, support for the arts... least important things? overshadowed by a free vacation in china being his biggest priority? all you have managed to demonstrate wisteria, is your own lack of information and your own inability to assess and prioritize that information.
            "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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            • ^Mandels comments in the article on getting private companies more involved mirror some of my earlier posts, he could have just read them rather than a trip to china (just kidding, lol). IMO Expo has to be highly business not tourist focused to be a success in Edmonton.

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