The Town of Drumheller is serious about the beauty of the Community and they have come up with a plan to do just that.
The Storefront Grant in Drumheller has beautified storefronts in the past and the Town of Drumheller is offering it again in hopes of seeing businesses take advantage of it. Not only is there a grant for businesses, but new signs available, called blade signs, which will hang perpendicular to the storefront so people can read the signs from the end of the block.
"We have a budget of ten thousand dollars," explained Communication Officer for the Town of Drumheller, Julia Fielding, about the grant.
"There is also five thousand dollars set aside for blade signs. If people would like to install a blade sign at the front of their property, we've got some designs that are dinosaurs."
The Economic Development Advisory Committee are the people who decide which projects get the grants. It is all based on a point scoring system. The area of focus is along the Tourism Corridor, Highway 9 south, Highway 575 towards the Canadian Badlands Passion Play site, and over the Gordon Taylor Bridge along North Drumheller, but also includes the downtown core.
Bruce Wade, Owner of Wade's Jewellery in the downtown core applied, received and benefited from one of the grants in 2018, in a timely manner and his storefront
beautifully stands out in the downtown core.
"It's a good program with businesses in the town," said Wade. "A Good opportunity for us to upgrade or refurbish our storefront."
It is a match program. For example, if business owners are upgrading their storefront with three thousand dollars of their own money, if chosen, the EDAC will grant half of the three thousand, for a sum of fifteen hundred dollars.
First impressions matter when it comes to tourists and potential residents coming to visit the Town of Drumheller and are focusing on it. Polishing up a storefront does take money and effort, but will pay off and the EDAC is happy to help.
Wade is happy that there are grants like this in the Valley, and to be a part of it, shows pride in his family business and community.
"Anytime you do any refurbishing or upgrading, shows the community that you are still involved and still interested in the community."