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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller Cham­ber of Com­merce Spring Expo starts Fri­day!

Af­ter more than 90 years, the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce con­tin­ues to be a cham­pion for lo­cal busi­ness and the com­mu­nity.

The Cham­ber’s early roots trace back to the Drumheller and District Board of Trade in 1919. Re­named the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce in 1968, the Cham­ber has al­ways been ac­tive in pro­mot­ing busi­ness, lob­by­ing dif­fer­ent lev­els of gov­ern­ment, build­ing part­ner­ships and cham­pi­oning the lo­cal econ­omy.

To­day the Cham­ber is over 240 mem­bers strong and re­mains ac­tive in the com­mu­nity and the prov­ince. In 2013 it was rec­og­nized by the Al­berta Cham­bers of Com­merce as the Al­berta Cham­ber of Com­merce of the Year, the same year it hosted the prov­ince for its An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and Pol­icy Ses­sion.

The Cham­ber of­fers many valu­able events through­out the year, and they con­tinue to add more to their cal­en­dar. These events range from busi­ness-fo­cused ones such as the Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards Gala and Busi­ness Af­ter Hours net­work­ing events, to events serv­ing the en­tire com­mu­nity, like the July 1st Pa­rade. The Cham­ber also works to keep its mem­bers and the busi­ness com­mu­nity in­formed about work­shops, sem­i­nars, and other news and events that may be of in­ter­est.

One thing that sets the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce apart is its ac­tivism and cre­ativ­ity. About 16 years ago, it showed lead­er­ship with the Dino 2000 cam­paign to cre­ate the Worlds’ Largest Di­nosaur. This at­trac­tion has be­come a draw for the com­mu­nity and the envy of other Cham­bers of Com­merce.

The at­trac­tion was quickly paid for in full and to­day con­tin­ues to give back to the com­mu­nity through the World’s Largest Di­nosaur Le­gacy Fund. Ev­ery year it dis­burses thou­sands of dol­lars to lo­cal com­mu­nity groups to en­hance and en­rich eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. These funds are raised through vis­its to the World’s Largest Di­nosaur, and sales in the gift shop.

Since 2005, it has given back more than $550,000 to the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing a $250,000 con­tri­bu­tion to the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

The Cham­ber’s evo­lu­tion con­tin­ues to­day with the sec­ond an­nual Spring Expo and Trade Show. Over 50 ex­hibitors, from as far away as Medicine Hat and Ed­mon­ton, are at Green­tree Mall, April 21-23.

See you there!

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