Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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MoneySense magazine surprised its readers in Vancouver and Toronto when it put Red Deer in its “10 Best Places to Live” list this year. One person the magazine didn’t surprise was Craig Curtis, Red Deer’s city manager. Back in 2008, he co-authored a study that highlighted the city’s strengths and described several “things we need to do better,” like reducing the city’s child poverty rate. He has since delivered. As city manager, he oversees the city’s 18 departments, 1,200 employees and $700-million operating budget. According to MoneySense, the city today has “a low unemployment rate that leaves Red Deer locals with cash to burn” and is one of the best places in the country to raise children.