Organizers of the 2010 Games are taking a second look at their
budgets for accommodation and transportation of workers and volunteers in the
Sea to Sky corridor.
The area continues to be “complex” said John Furlong, the CEO
of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Games at a press briefing
following a meeting of the organization’s board Tuesday.
“…Some of the areas that we talked about today (were the) Look
of the Games, (and) the complex questions around accommodation and moving
workforce and volunteers in and out of the Sea to Sky corridor,” he said.
The VANOC board approved the budget in principle.
VANOC had undertaken a review of its budget over the spring and
summer of this year. But as the economic situation began to change rapidly it
went back to the drawing board to review it again.
It has also created a new Financial Oversight Team
as an additional measure and safeguard during the economic downturn, to review
potential issues and to find creative financial solutions.
But this week the board asked that VANOC look again at its
revisions to make sure that enough money was being allocated to ensure the
Games are a success.
Board Chairman Jack Poole asked that VANOC be sure that: “…In the endeavour to cut the fat out of the budget that you don’t start cutting muscle and bone.
“Is there a chance you (VANOC) have gone too far? We don’t think so, but is there a chance that you have, because that would be a mistake.”
VANOC’s overall budget for putting on the Games has not changed.
The main areas VANOC is revisiting are:
• Look of the Games budget: VANOC will review the proposed Look
of the Games budget to ensure enough funds are allocated to create
the intended spectacular atmosphere in Vancouver and Whistler during the
• Accommodation budget in the Sea to Sky corridor: A review of
the revised budget for workforce accommodation in the Sea to Sky corridor will
take place to ensure enough funds are allocated. Having met most of its
obligations VANOC is continuing its efforts to secure required rooms in
the Sea to Sky region for Games time for its workforce.
• Workforce numbers: VANOC's workforce will continue to grow
but may end up smaller than anticipated. VANOC plans to review projected
workforce numbers to ensure the team is sufficiently resourced to stage