In light of the coal plants around Hanna closing, the Hanna Climate Change Taskforce has come up with a way to support the exising agriculture sector, grow current businesses and bring in new entrepreneurs in order to generate employment.
"We have our first community action team in Hanna and the Special Areas, and it is called The Livestock Hub. The livestock hub is a development proposal, that is looking to create a hub or cluster, of complimentary livestock enterprises and services," explains Tricia Sewell, Economic Development Officer for Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corportation.
The proposal was brought forward by a local veternarian, Tamada Quaschnick. The project was officially launched back in February 2018.
"Sample Services could be anything from veterinary practices, animal nutrition, boarding facilities, equine rehabilitation, any kind of therapy's, animal training courses, just to give some idea, but not limited to," advised Sewell.
The Livestock Hub is a part of the Community Action to Create Diversification Project, which forms Community Action Teams to move impact mitigation measures and economic development opportunities forward.
"Looking definitely more at the livestock angle. So, horses, cattle, bison, anything that is of a larger livestock nature," said Sewell.
The next step in the process is to define the scope of the project and build a team, so the work plan can be developed.