Town hires eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa

Drumheller has a new eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager.

Sean Wallace is orig­i­nally from New Brunswick and comes most re­cently from Tis­dale, Saskatchew­an where he was director of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“My background is in busi­ness attraction and di­rect for­eign in­vest­ment,” Wallace tells the Mail.

He sees tremen­dous po­ten­tial for Drumheller with many pos­i­tives.

“In Drumheller specif­i­cally we are def­i­nitely not mov­ing away from tourism. We want to in­crease those num­bers, but we also want to look at some of the other at­tributes we have that are ad­van­tages. We have a great lo­ca­tion, we have ab­so­lutely city class ser­vices such as our lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture. The peo­ple here are fan­tas­tic and friendly, we have a good labour mar­ket, good highways and will­ing­ness to see the com­mu­nity move ahead.”

He says eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment is not an easy job, but an im­por­tant one and it en­com­passes ev­ery­thing.

He sees some opportunit­ies some strong man­u­fac­tur­ing opportunit­ies.

“I’ll look to my background in for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment for that. When I say for­eign… I count as any­thing out­side of the Al­berta bor­ders,” he ex­plains.

This could mean other busi­nesses op­er­at­ing na­tion­ally, or even out­side of Canada. He has done ex­ten­sive work in Asia, the Mid­dle East, and Europe.

“I plan to trans­late these same strate­gies work­ing here,” he said. “It won’t hap­pen overnight. When you want to at­tract the big things, the big job gen­er­a­tors and big dol­lar in­vest­ments it takes a long time.” So far he likes the val­ley. “When I came here I thought this is one of the most beau­ti­ful places I have ever seen in my life. I re­ally have to con­cen­trate when I am driv­ing be­cause I am al­ways look­ing at stuff and I don’t think that is ever go­ing to stop,”’ he said.

The eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager is a newly cre­ated po­si­tion at The Town of Drumheller.

Sean Wallace… Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager

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