The Town of Drumheller has always urged residents to shop local. On Monday, December 11 they put their money where their collective mouth is.
The town council meeting heard from three finalists to take over the information technology contract for Town Hall and other municipal buiildings. In the end, they voted to give the contract to Drumheller's own Reality Bytes.
"They're local, they're able to supply the same services and they were the best price," argued Mayor Heather Colberg.
The other finalists were the incumbent, iTeam from Calgary, and Trinus out of Stony Plain, near Edmonton. Both submitted higher bids than the local firm's $78,000 pear year.
"Reality Bytes gives back a lot to the community," noted Colberg. "John Shoff is involved in a lot of boards, does a lot and how we're going to support our community is supporting our own."
"He employs, what, 11 employees and they all live here and either pay rent or taxes, so I think it was a very wise choice by council," she concluded.
The IT services contract for the town is for the next five years.