Town re­ceives CARES grant to re­vive down­town

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Submitted The Drumheller Mail

The Town of Drumheller has re­ceived a grant to help pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the val­ley.

The town has re­ceived $20,000 from the Com­mu­nity And Re­gional Eco­nomic Sup­port (CARES) grant pro­gram run by the Al­berta gov­ern­ment. The aim is to make Down­town roar.

“We want to in­spire our com­mu­nity, and en­gage them in the vi­sion for Drumheller, with a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on down­town,” ex­plained Mayor Terry Ye­men. “The tourism mas­ter plan high­lights the need for down­town re­vi­tal­iza- tion; this will be the cat­a­lyst to start this process, driv­ing im­prove­ment and rein­vig­o­rat­ing civic pride and op­ti­mism.”

“The grant in­cludes the cre­ation of on­line sup­port ma­te­ri­als out­lin­ing the process of start­ing a busi­ness par­tic­u­larly down­town”, added Sum­mer Manca, chair of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. “In ad­di­tion, there will be mar­ket­ing funds to pro­mote Drumheller across Al­berta.”

There will be consultation events and res­i­dents of Drumheller are in­vited to take part. This will cre­ate a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion, for the down­town area. The vi­sion will in­form all de­ci­sions on de­vel­op­ment for the area in­clud­ing the front Grant pro­gram, launched in 2016.

The Al­berta gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $30 mil­lion over 2 years to pro­mote long-term eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity in Al­berta’s com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions through the new Com­mu­nity and Re­gional Eco­nomic Sup­port (CARES) pro­gram.

So much of Al­berta’s eco­nomic strength and en­tre­pre­neur­ial drive is cen­tered in our prov­ince’s smaller cities and towns,” said Deron Bilous, Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Trade.

“Ev­ery re­gion of Al­berta brings mul­ti­ple strengths to our way of life, whether in Storewhich en­ergy, agri­cul­ture, forestry, min­ing, tourism, or in other ar­eas. This funding will help com­mu­ni­ties with com­mon in­ter­ests tackle eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment projects they might not have been able to in­di­vid­u­ally. Through th­ese projects, lo­cal lead­ers are work­ing to­gether to grow and di­ver­sify our econ­omy, and make life bet­ter for Al­berta fam­i­lies.”

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, com­mu­ni­ties, and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in get­ting grants through the CARES pro­gram are en­cour­aged to ap­ply through an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion process. https:// www. al­berta. ca/ com­mu­nity- re­gional- eco­nomic­sup­port-pro­gram.aspx#toc-2

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