Drumheller's mayor is feeling pleased with a decision by town council to develop a 'Drumheller first' purchasing policy at Town Hall.
The new policy was passed unanimously by councillors at their regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5.
"(It's) comparable with other communities and what other communities are doing," noted Terry Yemen. "The Town of Drumheller has always paid particular attention and yes, their mandate is to shop local, but this puts it in policy and puts it in writing."
"There's a lot of things that the town buys when they're dealing with chemicals and that and it's just not available locally so yes, there's still going to be purchases outside of Drumheller," he allowed. "The first place they're going to look is in Drumheller and the policy is now in place to ensure that happens."
The move followed a request from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce earlier this year for the Town to take a leadership role in convincing residents to support their local merchants and service providers.
"Talk the talk and walk the walk: council's done it and now, maybe everybody else can follow suit," said Yemen. "A lot of people talk it but they don't always walk it."
The chair of the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee hopes others will follow Town Hall's lead and buy local.

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