Hanna is preparing their community with ideas and solutions to the energy switch from coal to gas.
At an update meeting held on Thursday, November 29, council members and town representatives brought ideas to the people of Hanna expressing solutions towards Hanna transition from coal to gas-powered energy.
"We were impressed with the turnout. I'm going to guess around 130 people came out, which was great," explained Hanna Mayor Chris Warwick. "We did discuss some of the government relations that the task force has been doing on coal transition. The main focus, I think, was really on our community action teams that came out of the Coal Community Transition Fund that we received about a year ago."
The Coal Community Action Teams were put in charge of finding ways to keep Hanna's head above water as the Sheerness Power Plant shut down, replaced by a gas-powered alternative.
"There was a whole bunch of really great ideas. A specific project that has been approved is The Live Stock Hub," said Warwick. "It will require some capital dollars that we don't have just yet, but we hope too. It's really important for the community. It's kind of a one-stop shop for all your agricultural needs."
There are other items that were addressed such as infrastructure issues that need attending to and the fact that Hanna needs to set itself up economically as the closest major city center is nearly two hours away.
"We also have a shop local initiative. It's a good program that we have actually started a marketing process for this Christmas Season."
As far as the whole update, the nearly two-hour information session gave Hanna residents an idea of where the town is headed economically and what sectors of business Hanna will focus on in order to survive the energy transition. According to Warwick, there is still lots of work to do before the town is in the clear.