Cham­ber of Com­merce ap­points new board mem­bers.

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

There are five new Di­rec­tors on the Drumheller and District Cham­ber of Com­merce (DDCC) Board af­ter Thurs­day’s, March 22, An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity (BCF).

Barry Fuller­ton, Joanne Con­tenti of Sco­tia Bank, Roger Steven­son of Co­op­er­a­tors and Joanne Hodgson of Foun­tain Tire were se­lected for 3 year terms and Brock Har­ring­ton was se­lected for a two year term.

The DDCC has a few goals they wish to ac­com­plish this year like hav­ing mean­ing­ful mem­ber­ships and to hold a strong, di­verse Board of Di­rec­tors to rep­re­sent all ar­eas of small busi­ness.

Tourism Ser­vices Man­ager Deb­bie Schin­nour re­ported that 2017 was a good year for the World’s Largest Di­nosaur ( WLD) as vis­i­ta­tion was up 13.7 per cent when com­pared to the 5-year av­er­age.

Board and staff are still es­tab­lish­ing short and long term main­te­nance plans for the WLD but new fire doors, smoke de­tec­tors, se­cu­rity cam­eras, and re­con­fig­ured grates were in­stalled last year. The WLD Legacy Fund dis­trib­uted funds to the 1st Drumheller Scouts for $400, Drumheller Off Road Ve­hi­cle As­so­ci­a­tion for $2,106 and the East Coulee School Mu­seum in the amount of $11,750. The Cana­dian Bad­lands Aquatic Club, Drumheller Mi­nor Ball As­so­ci­a­tion, Drumheller Pi­o­neer Trail So­ci­ety, and the Wayne Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion all re­ceived $3,000 to­wards their or­ga­ni­za­tions. In to­tal, the pro­gram gave $26,256 to lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions last year.

An in­no­va­tive Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre ( VIC) pro­gram was con­ducted in July and Au­gust at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum out­door plaza. This pro­gram al­lowed staff to coun­sel 2,080 tourists on the other at­trac­tions the Val­ley has to of­fer, po­ten­tially length­en­ing their stay. Pres­i­dent Brock Har­ring­ton high­lighted in his re­port that DDCC will be ex­pand­ing their Lunch and Learn se­ries to al­low busi­ness own­ers a bet­ter chance of at­tend­ing. The Spring Expo which will be held next month at Green­tree Mall is still on the agenda as well as the busy Canada Day Pa­rade and an­nual golf tour­na­ment.

Mem­ber­ship re­mained con­sist in 2017 with 238 mem­bers. 25 new mem­bers joined the Cham­ber equat­ing to a three per cent growth in mem­ber­ship.

The Drumheller Di­noArts As­so­ci­a­tion ex­plained that this was their sixth year en- trenched in the Drumheller com­mu­nity. A new di­nosaur named Curt was in­stalled at the Napier Theatre on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, 2017.

“It seems that the res­i­dents of Drumheller are also see­ing that our ad­di­tions are not just tourist at­trac­tions but are en­hanc­ing the com­mu­nity for lo­cals as well,” said Di­noArts Chair­per­son Court­ney Bell.

In 2018, the group will be en­hanc­ing the South Hill’s main en­trance into Drumheller by paint­ing the South Hill wa­ter tower and adding a new mu­ral to the ex­te­rior of the Napier Theatre building.

Through­out 2017, the Busi­ness Ad­vo­cacy Com­mit­tee pushed to ex­pand a ‘shop lo­cal’ men­tal­ity by ad­vo­cat­ing change to the Town of Drumheller’s pur­chas­ing pol­icy. Coun­cil even­tu­ally moved to change the pol­icy in re­gards to pref­er­en­tial pur­chas­ing from lo­cal busi­nesses be­fore look­ing to outer sources.

Coun­cil has re­cently passed the up­dated mo­bile ven­dor by­law with help from this com­mit­tee.

“We have lis­tened to many lo­cal ven­dors and we have taken those con­cerns to town coun­cil,” said Chair­per­son Cindy Clark. “Coun­cil has lis­tened to the ex­ist­ing mo­bile ven­dors and they have taken our rec­om­men­da­tions for­ward.”

Joanne Hodgson, Joanne Con­tenti, Brock Har­ring­ton, Barry Fuller­ton are sworn in as Di­rec­tors for the DDCC by Drumheller Mayor Heather Col­berg on Thurs­day, March 22, at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

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