Coun­cil in­tro­duces Eco­nomic Im­pact Task Force

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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

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