03/30/2012

TORONTO, ON, March 30, 2012. AMO President Gary McNamara today announced on behalf of the Board of Directors that the City of Windsor and the County of Essex have been chosen to jointly host the 2016 AMO Conference.
"Hosting the 2016 AMO Conference will provide a significant economic boost to Windsor and Essex County," said AMO President Gary McNamara. "Windsor hosted the AMO Conference in 2010 and it was a success. The City has the hotel and meeting facilities needed to host a conference of this size and we look forward to returning in 2016."

"I am excited to see AMO delegates descend once again upon Windsor," said Mayor Eddie Francis. "With the third largest convention centre in Ontario, Windsor is able to host large-scale events like the 2016 AMO Conference which will provide a welcome economic boost for the City of Windsor and County of Essex."

"The County of Essex is gratified that AMO has once again expressed their confidence in our capabilities of jointly hosting their annual conference with the City of Windsor. Delegates and their companions will be warmly welcomed and treated to the very best attractions and amenities our region has to offer," remarked Warden Tom Bain at his annual State of the County Address on March 29th, 2012.

The Conference is expected to inject approximately $3 million into the City of Windsor and County of Essex’s local economy. Windsor/Essex was selected based on a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The annual AMO Conference, held in August each year, is Ontario’s foremost educational forum for municipal governments. The 2011 conference attracted 2,500 participants including more than 1,600 municipal delegates, Ontario’s Premier and both opposition leaders, most of the Ontario Government’s Cabinet and federal government ministers. Typically, the conference features close to 50 plenary sessions and workshops, a trade show and more than 75 speakers that address public priorities, municipal management and the delivery of government programs and services.

The locations of the 2014, 2015 and 2017 AMO Conference were also decided by a competitive RFP process:

  • City of London/County of Middlesex, 2014 
  • City of Niagara Falls, 2015
  • City of Ottawa, 2017

The 2012 and 2013 AMO Conference will be held in the City of Ottawa. 

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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