Council introduces Economic Impact Task Force
The Drumheller town council has decided to create a new group under the name ‘Economic Impact Task Force’.
Residents of Drumheller and surrounding areas such as Munson, Hussar, and Carbon, have the opportunity to apply within the next week.
“It’s a terrific move forward and I’m proud of how far everybody has taken it,” said Fred Makowecki, council member and leading influence behind this idea.
The task force will be responsible for coming up with innovative thinking in regards to drawing business and young families in by researching and creating a list of incentives.
“You know we’re an amazing community – If you just in your mind, drive across Alberta, there’s very few places that have what we have or look like we look, or once you get here, have the spirit that we have. So the committee needs to bottle that and figure out how to market that. We want to be that community,” said Makowecki. “We’re going to throw it against a wall and see what sticks.”
Areas of exploration include but are not limited to: industrial, manufacturing, retail, tourism, professional and medical services, workforce attraction, training, retention, overall activeness of the community, and downtown revitalization efforts.
The idea of this task force is to increase the standard of living within Drumheller and keep it sustainable for the future.
Subcommittees will be tasked with researching a specific industry and come up with a report on how to successfully implement that within the town. At the end of the three month term, all committees will come together to formulate an in-depth report.
“It’s always been an observation that businesses are closing,” said Makowecki. “I mean that’s pretty obvious with the oil field, which nobody has made a mistake there. However it has left our community short-handed and we haven’t got the task base we need and a lot of things like that.”
This new task force coming into action is not to be mistaken with the current Economic Development Task Force.
“We didn’t really want to interfere with that, but rather try to harness some of the knowledge in our community which is something we heard over the election,” said Makowecki.
“We have lots of knowledge. Let’s make it a tool for the economic development committee and officer and council, to go and think totally outside the box.”
The seven most qualified candidates will be in charge of the listed tasks and another seven will be divided into specific sub-committees. Council members were uncertain about how much participation there would be for this whether it be far too little or too much.
“We need a core to drive all the subcommittees but if we have 50 people, wonderful, we can address more areas,” said Makowecki.
Any resources from the town will have a maximum amount of $1,000. This will include things like meeting spaces, stationery, photocopies, and coffee.
The task force will serve a term of three months for research and an extra month to create and present a report on their conclusions. Those chosen will be announced on January 2, 2018, at a special council meeting.
“You’re always going to do better if you draw from the knowledge that’s out there,” said Makowecki.
Applicants have until Thursday, December 7, to get their form in for review at the next council meeting.
“If I wasn’t an elected official right now, I would be be saying what I said for years. I thirst for leadership not for politics.”
“Something of anything is better than all of nothing and going forward we can’t be criticized for going forward.”
You know we’re an amazing community – If you just in your mind drive across Alberta, there’s very few places that have what we have or look like we look, or once you get here, have the spirit that we have. So the committee needs to bottle that and figure out how to market that. We want to be that community,”
Fred Makowecki... Drumheller Councillor