Town agen­cies col­lab­o­rate on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley

A meet­ing was held in or­der to dis­cuss a new col­lab­o­ra­tion of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment within the town of Drumheller and area.

The over­all goal of the meet­ing was to start dis­cus­sions and lay ground­work for the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ac­tion plan of the town which will be hap­pen­ing over the next two to three years.

“This is not a plan to sit on the shelf, this is very much an ac­tion plan that we can work through,” said Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Ju­lia Field­ing.

“We all want to see the town succeed.”

The meet­ing was be­tween the Town of Drumheller coun­cil, the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Task Force which rep­re­sents the busi­ness com­mu­nity across Drumheller, Travel Drumheller, the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce (DDCC), Com­mu­nity Fu­tures, as well as Cen­tral Al­berta Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship (CAEP) and Knee­hill Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Pa­trick Earl.

The group of 25 de­cided to fo­cus on three main ar­eas: tourism, ser­vices, and down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion. They also will work on other op­por­tu­ni­ties as they arise.

“That doesn’t mean that is all we’re go­ing to do, but it gives us quite a clear fo­cus for the next two to three years as to where we want to go,” said Field­ing.

With wheels now turn­ing, the group needs to pri­or­i­tize, add time­lines and costs as well as fig­ure out who is des­ig­nated to do what in or­der to ful­fill the new plan.

The ad­vi­sory group will be meet­ing ev­ery month to dis­cuss how to move for­ward and work out more fi­nal de­tails.

This was the first time the group has come to­gether to work on the ac­tion plan.

“It was hard to start with but I think all of us want the town to pros­per,” said Field­ing.

“All those dif­fer­ent groups in one meet­ing is fantastic and we just need to keep that mo­men­tum and move for­ward to­gether.”

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