For Immediate release
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Board Encouraged by City’s Program Review
St. John’s, NL – The St. John’s Board of Trade is encouraged by today’s announcement that the City of St. John’s program review has identified significant savings for 2017 and 2018. These savings are from the second phase of a multi-phased approach to reviewing all programs and services within the City of St. John’s. So far, the program review has identified over $6.25 million in efficiencies for 2017 and $6.7 million for 2018.
“We are very pleased the City of St. John’s has undertaken this substantial piece of work and has realized these savings.” says Des Whelan, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade. “Ultimately we want taxpayer’s money to be used responsibly. Today’s announcement tells us that the City is listening and willing to look within their own organization to be more efficient. We look forward to further savings in the final phase of the program review in 2017.”
Each year the St. John’s Board of Trade submits pre-budget recommendations to the City of St. John’s on how to foster an environment for businesses to succeed. This year the Board called for the City to foster a culture of innovation and this appears to be a move in that direction. The Board looks forward to further program review and hopes to learn how the City is evaluating, measuring and benchmarking their programs and services to determine their value.
The St. John’s Board of Trade is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that is the principal voice of business for more than 880 members in the St. John’s area. Its mission is to improve the local business climate, enhancing its members’ ability to do business through advocacy and member services. http://www.bot.nf.ca/
Communications & Advocacy Specialist
St. John’s Board of Trade