The Town of Drumheller came home with some hardware after attending the Economic Development Association of Alberta's (EDA) Annual Conference. They took home two awards which both recognize the prosperity and the hard work found in Drumheller.
"We won two, we won one for the Small Community Business Retention Expansion Program, and then they have the Alex Metcalfe award for the best in the two different categories, large community and small, so we won that one as well," explained Communication and Economic Development Officer for The Town of Drumheller, Julia Fielding.
The Alex Metcalfe Award is awarded to the community who demonstrates excellence in business retention and expansion, business and investment attraction or community economic development. Last year, The Town of Drumheller won the Alex Metcalfe Award in the category of Community Economic Development for the Dinosaur Street Walk Project. This year they won for the TIBRE survey.
"It was for the TIBRE survey that we did last year. So, this was the Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion Program. We went out to tourism businesses in Drumheller, and we went even wider, we went to Rosebud and surrounding areas. The idea was to get more detail on the tourism industry in Drumheller, what the issues were, and what we needed to do to support these businesses moving forward," continued
Fielding was at the conference to accept the awards and was glad the hard work put into the survey was recognized.
"The project was great, and the partnerships it that is developed were fantastic. It has led to a number of different bits of funding and things like that so that is great. Also at the EDA awards, it is just promoting Drumheller as a place that does innovative activities. We really care about our businesses and how we can start moving forward getting more jobs and businesses in town," concluded Fielding.