Drumheller's economy has struggled since the economic depression of 2009 and despite great tourist numbers, it's still nowhere near where it once was, and town council is looking for ideas.
Their Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, November 20 saw the first steps taken towards forming what Tom Zariski called an 'economic impact task force' to come up with ways to stimulate the local economy.
"This is one thing that, throughout the (election) campaign, all of us heard is they want to create a stronger economy, which is what we need in the valley," remarked Mayor Heather Colberg. "We're just putting a program together to get local citizens involved in this task force."
"It's basically a think tank and brain storming ideas, thinking outside the box of ways that they feel we could enhance the community," she explained. "Once they gather that information, then they'll present it to council and we'll take it from there."
Drumheller already has an Economic Development and Communications Officer, but Colberg says the task force gives them another avenue to help enhance the work she is already doing.
"The world is changing and we have to change with it, and we have to be open minded to other possibilities," argued Colberg. "I think this council, in fact I know this council is that group that wants to look outside of the parameters and see what other options are out there."
It's thought the task force would have 13 or 15 members, mostly made up from the public. They would meet for three months, then prepare a report for town council.
For more information contact Economic Development at Drumheller Town Hall, 403-823-6300.
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