Comment 87160

By Mal (anonymous) | Posted March 08, 2013 at 17:36:14

The Spec notes that "The money is proposed to come from a $1.7 million economic development fund." Tourism and Culture may be part of Economic Development, but they still have to contend with paperwork and protocol. If either or both of those have been set to one side, then festival organizers should view the tie vote as a coup. Things could certainly be worse.

Getting hard attendance numbers on a non-ticketed event like Supercrawl is a fool's errand but with folks like Councillor Farr able speak to the event's 2012 estimates (ie. 75,000-80,000 attendees over two days, 20,000 of them from outside Hamilton; $6 million economic impact), someone has obviously been tracking the event and doing the math, so they can't be too far from a business case. But in light of the city's zero-increase edict and the festival's historic funding at 60% of their ask, organizers are doubtless prepared for another five-figure outcome.

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