Town receives CARES grant to revive downtown
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