The Town of Drumheller could be sharing its expertise in tourism and municipal governance with a community in Central America.
Town Council has agreed to a request from mayor Terry Yemen to bid for a spot in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partnerships for Municipal Innovation program. They chose Nicaragua as their host country.
"They're looking for help in development, economic development, so that kind of speaks of Drumheller," pointed out the mayor. "They are trying to make a big pitch for tourism. They were riding a bad rap back in the Reagan years and people are scared of the area, but it's changed now and they want to get that message out."
"FCM has set up a program whereby they'll pay for all the travel, they'll pay for the accomodations and what the municipality will have to do would be to provide two staff members and two councillors," explained Yemen. "When you're providing staff members the expectation is that they would not have to take annual leave, so that's the only commitment that the Town of Drumheller would have to make."
Other countries selected by the FCM for aid are Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire and Mali in Africa, Cambodia and Vietnam in southeast Asia and Bolivia, South America. 
"I could see where they would pick a big (Canadian) city to go to a big city, but there's a lot of small towns and small cities that are looking for help too," noted Yemen. "It's not just tourism, it's in governance, it's in emergency preparedness and emergency management; Drumheller has some really good, talented people in that area."
The FCM program is funded for five years. The Canadian communities chosen to participate will be announced in coming weeks.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at [email protected]


More Local News

UPDATE 11 Avenue SE Blocked Off By RCMP

UPDATE; The bomb squad from Edmonton attended the scene, inspected the suspicious item and deemed it not to be explosive. Residents will be allowed back into the building later this evening. On…

Local Teacher Reflects on Notre Dame Fire

Many Canadians woke up on Monday morning to the news of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was engulfed in flames. While the flames were miles away, the impact was still felt in the…

Morrin School Announces Hockey Program

On Tuesday, Morrin School Principal, Don Yavis, announced a new option for the junior high students where they will be able to learn about and participate in hockey.

Horner Dominates in Drumheller-Stettler

The people of the Drumheller-Stettler riding have had their voices heard with the Provincial Election last night and their voices selected Nathan Horner as their future MLA.

Nathan Horner Wins Drumheller-Stettler Riding

UCP candidate Nathan Horner has won the Drumheller-Stettler riding with a landslide of majority votes. With 96 polls reporting out of 102, Horner leads his closest rival, Independent Candidate Rick…

LIVE Coverage - 2019 Alberta Election

LISTEN LIVE to our 2019 Provincial Election coverage for the Drumheller-Stettler and Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills riding with Jason Blanke, Allie Ruckman and special guest Heather Colberg (Mayor - Town…

Emergency Plan if the Bridge is Blocked

It doesn't happen often, but when the Gordon Taylor Bridge is impassable it creates havoc in the community. The Town of Drumheller wants you to know that there is a plan in place if you can not get… is Drumheller's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide